Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Over the past couple decades inhalants have claimed a number of lives and yet continue to be popular amongst teenagers and young adults. A new report has found that the tiny little canisters of nitrous oxide, known as Whip-Its, are once again extremely popular, according to ABC News.
Whip-Its have become the most popular inhalant among young adults, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Whip-Its are easy to obtain at almost any age and nitrous oxide can be found in many forms.
“What makes them really popular is they’re easily accessible,” William Oswald, founder of a drug treatment center, told ABC News. “You can get them at a head shop, you can get it out of a whipped cream bottle.”
People who buy Whip-Its on the Internet are typically not asked their date of birth or what the product is intended for, they are usually not used for making whipped cream which is their intended use.
Whip-Its can be deadly according to Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at SAMHSA. He stated that inhaling nitrous oxide cuts off oxygen to the brain which causes severe damage to the heart, nervous system, and other organs.