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You already know about the widespread abuse of dangerous drugs by teens. The list is endless: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, tobacco, methamphetamines, anabolic steroids. And don’t forget about the substances that are as near as the supermarket-or your medicine cabinet: inhalants, stimulants and tranquilizers.

Some easily obtained substances seem harmless but can be deadly: room deodorizer, spray paint, nail polish remover, paint thinner, liquid paper, gasoline and insecticide. These are rapidly absorbed by the brain and can cause convulsions, blood vessel damage, heart attacks and death.

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