Legislation to restrict the sale of butane products could
soon be considered by Parliament, as more retailers place
voluntary restrictions on sales of the potentially harmful
substance - earning praise from the New Zealand Police.
To most people, the practice of huffing - inhaling solvents
to get a "high" - would seem so evidently dangerous as to be
beyond the need for warnings. Why anyone would choose to
inhale propellants for a "buzz" is beyond comprehension for
most of us.
Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean is urging families to talk
to their children about the dangers of inhalants, as he
conducts an urgent review on huffing, after an incident which
left two Mosgiel teenagers with horrific burns.