ERIC Number: ED423469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
"Fry:" A Study of Adolescents' Use of Embalming Fluid with Marijuana and Tobacco. TCADA Research Brief.
Elwood, William N.
Adolescent use of marijuana and tobacco has increased throughout the 1990s. Perhaps as a part of this trend, increasingly there have been reports of adolescents who use marijuana or tobacco cigarettes dipped in embalming fluid. Unfortunately, most of these reports involve young people coming for drug treatment, many of whom were incoherent. The purpose of this report is to increase the knowledge level of embalming fluid by synthesizing the literature on the subject; reporting on interviews with law enforcement officials, funeral directors, and other community members; and interviewing 20 Houston adolescents who use embalming fluid. The findings that emerge from this investigation are that the embalming fluid compound found on the street contains PCP (phencyclidine) and that adolescents do not know this. Treatment providers are also hampered from knowing how to treat people who have overdosed or who are suffering from long-term effects. In its pure form, embalming fluid is often diverted from morgues and funeral homes, although the substance also may be purchased directly from chemical companies. The report recommends providing alerts for treatment professionals and education for users who receive treatment. A glossary of slang terms and materials from the Connecticut prevention campaign are appended. (Contains 34 references.) (EMK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Drug Education, Illegal Drug Use, Marijuana, Secondary School Students, Smoking, Substance Abuse, Tobacco, Urban Youth
Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 9001 North IH-35, Ste. 105, Austin, TX 78753-5233; Tel: 512-349-6600; Tel: 800-832-9623 (Toll Free); Web site: www.tcada.state.tx.us
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Houston. School of Public Health.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Houston)