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

00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 8 01 Requesting the Governor to declare March 16 - 22, 2003, to be Inhalants and Poisons 02 Awareness Week. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS all communities should be made aware of the potential harm of poisons 05 and inhalants because poisons and the improper use of inhalants pose an ever-present danger 06 to Alaska, its communities, and its people; and 07 WHEREAS, while legal and helpful when properly used and administered, these 08 substances can be disabling and even fatal when misused; and 09 WHEREAS statistics indicate that a significant percentage of elementary school age 10 children as well as adolescents and adults have experimented with or are likely to experiment 11 with inhalants; that more than 70 percent of chronic substance abusers began with inhalants, 12 which are the fourth most used addictive substance after tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana; that 13 inhalants often lead to the use of other illegal drugs; that chronic inhalant abusers suffer 14 permanent and severe brain damage; that other risks include heart failure, loss of 15 consciousness, and irreversible damage to the liver, kidneys, and bone marrow; and that more 16 than 1,400 legal products can be inhaled to "get high"; and

01 WHEREAS, each year, more than 1,800,000 people suffer from ingestion of or 02 exposure to household poisons; most often, it is children under the age of six who experience 03 the effects of accidental poison exposure, and, in most cases, common household items 04 including aspirin, cough and cold remedies, perfumes, and cleaning products are the source of 05 the poison; and 06 WHEREAS inhalants and poisons pose a threat to the well-being of the citizens of the 07 state; and 08 WHEREAS Alaska is taking a leading role in developing inhalant treatment protocols 09 and encouraging inhalant prevention efforts through the Annual Inhalant Prevention 10 Conference and the establishment of a statewide inhalant intervention program, and the 11 Tundra Swan Inhalant Treatment Center in Bethel, Alaska; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages support of the 13 cooperative efforts of the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition and other local, state, and 14 federal organizations and communities that are working together to prevent alcoholism and 15 drug abuse by their efforts to make others aware of the dangers of inhalants and poisons; and 16 be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the 18 Governor to proclaim the week of March 16 - 22, 2003, as Inhalants and Poisons Awareness 19 Week to coincide with the National Inhalant and Poison Awareness Week; and be it 20 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests and 21 encourages all public and private agencies and citizens of the state to observe and recognize 22 Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week with appropriate activities, including using every 23 means available to inform the children and families of Alaska about the dangers of inhalants 24 and poisons.