It's okay to admit we made all kinds of stupid mistakes growing up in Texas. Some of those mistakes we regret to this day. Just because we screwed up a time or ten while growing up doesn't mean we can't caution the youngsters about the dangers of doing something similar. For instance, getting high. We know it can be bad because of our own experiences with it. As much as we try to steer the younger generation away from it, they will try just as hard to ignore the advice. Add in the social media attention that the younger generation loves and it makes for a deadly combination.

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Same Ways, Different Name

There were some simple ways we used to get that euphotic feeling like sniffing markers or spray paint or glue. We did it because we didn't have the information in front of us at that time to know how dangerous it really was. Some of us got over doing it pretty quick. Sadly, some could not kick the habit and moved on to worse and more powerful substances. As old as those methods are, they are still around for teens to use to this day. They have a new word for it though, Chroming, and platforms to show them off doing it like TikTok. Sadly, it has turned deadly.

What is Chroming?

Chroming is where teens take an aerosol product like deodorant or paint or something as simple as a marker, nail polish or lighter fluid and inhale the fumes from it. Teens will record themselves doing it to post on TikTok with the hashtag of Whiptok for others to see.

Severe Side Effects

Problem is, these teens are ignoring the dangers of what this can do to their bodies. Prolonged use can cause side effects like:

  • Heart attack
  • Seizures
  • Suffocation
  • Coma
  • Choking
  • Organ damage
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired judgment
  • Lower IQ
  • Death

Talk to Your Teens

Sadly, teens are doing this for the sole purpose of getting some "likes" on their social media accounts. Talk to your teens about this abuse of basic products and that the dangers are real.

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