A 19 year old man was charged with careless driving after being involved in a collision on Talbot St on Monday afternoon. The incident took place in front of Giant Tiger, when the male struck the other vehicle from behind. There were no injuries.
St. Thomas Police responded to a call regarding a possible impaired driver at approximately 6:35pm on Monday. The vehicle was located and although there was no odour of an alcoholic beverage the driver a 37 year old St. Thomas woman, showed obvious signs of impairment. It was later discovered the driver had been “Huffing” paint before driving. She was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and was taken to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital where a blood sample was taken. She was released on an undertaking with conditions.
Paint Huffing can be fatal on the first time. The peak age for Paint Huffing is between 15 – 15 years of age. Some examples of items that can be used are; paint, paint thinners, gas, glue, nail polish remover, hair spray. Huffing is the soaking of a fabric, usually a towel or sock and then placing it in front of the nose and mouth or sometimes in the mouth. Once the toxic fumes enter the blood, the toxins travel directly to the brain which creates a immediate high and can result in dizziness and/or hallucinations. The effects only last a short while and then become a depressant much like alcohol.
Signs that someone has been huffing paint are similar to those of alcohol; blood shot eyes, diarrhea, head ache and dizziness. Some long term and quite possibly lifelong effects can be chronic nose bleeds, hearing loss and brain damage. It also affects the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs and bone marrow. For more information on huffing and your child’s safety, here is a link to view: