It’s against the law to inhale a toxic vapor. To be honest, I always knew it was a bad idea. There are many public service announcements out there – and I recall seeing posters. It’s really dangerous. Period. These Public Service Announcements and stories illustrate the danger well.
and of course youtube!
Ok, here is the kicker: In Massachusetts you can go to jail for up to six months if the Commonwealth can prove that they saw you inhaling or ‘huffing’ or ‘sniffing’. I recently represented a client for this very charge and got to asking various Prosecutors and Probation Officers if they had seen it before…being a former Prosecutor myself – and spending many long days in VERY busy District Courts – I had never actually seen someone charged with this crime. Turns out, some of the Prosecutors had, and some hadn’t. If they had heard of it – they often had one or two addicts that came through their court regularly.
So, now, not only can you die, or suffer severe brain damage – but you can go to jail – FOR SIX MONTHS. For an addiction. If you have an addiction, or someone you care about does – try to get some help. It’s scary, and you can end up in jail just for the act of inhaling.
I now have experience dealing with this particular crime – and I have to say – the client was one of the nicest I’ve had – just has a problem that he is getting help for. If you have been charged with this or have a loved one who is, please feel free to contact me at 866-981-7888 or firstname.lastname@example.org