National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week 2015

March 15-21, 2015

What is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week?

National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, also known as NIPAW, is an annual, community level program that takes place the third week in March to highlight understanding and education around inhalant abuse prevention.

Developed in 1992 by the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, NIPAW is an extension of National Poison Prevention Week.

Why take part in NIPAW?


A child is 50% less likely to try an inhalant if an adult has spoken to them about the dangers of inhalant abuse.

Talk. They will listen.

Did you know?

  • Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.
  • Over 2.6 million children, aged 12 – 17, use an inhalant each year to get high.
  • 1 in 4 students in America has intentionally abused a common household product to get high
  • Inhalants tend to be the drug that is tried first by children.
  • The number of lives claimed by Inhalant Abuse each year is unknown because these deaths often are attributed to other causes.  It’s important to understand the warning signs of inhalant abuse to catch abuse early.

These facts are stunning and inhalant abuse is a serious problem. We must join together as a community of concerned parents, friends, families, organizations, and role models to stop inhalant abuse before it starts by spreading awareness and education.

How to Get Involved

From hosting an event, to sharing a blog post, or even tweeting about the week, there are a variety of ways you can take part in NIPAW this year. Learn about the variety of ways you can participate.