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Enrolled HCR 8: Requesting the Governor to declare March 16 - 22, 2003, to be Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.

00 Enrolled HCR 8                                                                                                          
01 Requesting the Governor to declare March 16 - 22, 2003, to be Inhalants and Poisons                                     
02 Awareness Week.                                                                                                         
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04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
05      WHEREAS all communities should be made aware of the potential harm of poisons                                    
06 and inhalants because poisons and the improper use of inhalants pose an ever-present danger                             
07 to Alaska, its communities, and its people; and                                                                         
08      WHEREAS, while legal and helpful when properly used and administered, these                                      
09 substances can be disabling and even fatal when misused; and                                                            
10      WHEREAS statistics indicate that a significant percentage of elementary school age                               
11 children as well as adolescents and adults have experimented with or are likely to experiment                           
12 with inhalants; that more than 70 percent of chronic substance abusers began with inhalants,                            
13 which are the fourth most used addictive substance after tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana; that                          
14 inhalants often lead to the use of other illegal drugs; that chronic inhalant abusers suffer                            
15 permanent and severe brain damage; that other risks include heart failure, loss of                                      
16 consciousness, and irreversible damage to the liver, kidneys, and bone marrow; and that more                            
01 than 1,400 legal products can be inhaled to "get high"; and                                                             
02      WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,800,000 people suffer from ingestion of or                                       
03 exposure to household poisons; most often, it is children under the age of six who experience                           
04 the effects of accidental poison exposure, and, in most cases, common household items                                   
05 including aspirin, cough and cold remedies, perfumes, and cleaning products are the source of                           
06 the poison; and                                                                                                         
07      WHEREAS inhalants and poisons pose a threat to the well-being of the citizens of the                             
08 state; and                                                                                                              
09      WHEREAS Alaska is taking a leading role in developing inhalant treatment protocols                               
10 and encouraging inhalant prevention efforts through the Annual Inhalant Prevention                                      
11 Conference and the establishment of a statewide inhalant intervention program, and the                                  
12 Tundra Swan Inhalant Treatment Center in Bethel, Alaska;                                                                
13      BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages support of the                                       
14 cooperative efforts of the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition and other local, state, and                           
15 federal organizations and communities that are working together to prevent alcoholism and                               
16 drug abuse by their efforts to make others aware of the dangers of inhalants and poisons; and                           
17 be it                                                                                                                   
18      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the                                     
19 Governor to proclaim the week of March 16 - 22, 2003, as Inhalants and Poisons Awareness                                
20 Week to coincide with the National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week; and be it                                      
21      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests and                                     
22 encourages all public and private agencies and citizens of the state to observe and recognize                           
23 Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week with appropriate activities, including using every                                 
24 means available to inform the children and families of Alaska about the dangers of inhalants                            
25 and poisons.