Many of the Street Connected Children that we work with are phycologically addicted to glue. The children use the solvent to suppress hunger and trauma and our team have to work incredibly hard to educate each child of the dangers.
Glue can affect the central nervous system and slow down brain activity.
Short-term effects include:
Slurred or distorted speech, a lack of coordination and dizziness, hallucinations, vomiting, drowsiness and headaches.
Long-term effects of inhalant use may include:
Liver and kidney damage, hearing loss, bone marrow damage, loss of coordination, delayed behavioral development and brain damage. In addition, the influence of glue can lead to unsafe sexual practices or other risky behavior. This increases the chance of getting or spreading infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.
A toxic reaction can result in seizures and coma. They can even be deadly.
As part of our Rescue, Rehabilitate and Reintegrate 3 R’s programme, we believe that education is a huge step towards the rehabilitation process.