Huffing is a long-standing method of getting high by inhaling the fumes of various chemical products. In many states, the dangers of this practice have long ago led to it being categorized as a fairly serious drug crime. Now, Illinois is likely next to join those states as officials in Williamson County are pushing for the new legislation.
According to this briefing from Pantagraph.com, the measure has already passed the House and now awaits approval from the state Senate.
Huffing is common among people who don’t have the money or access to more popular and more expensive illegal drugs. It provides a cheap high, though it is considered extremely dangerous. Long term studies have shown huffing can lead to permanent brain damage and death by asphyxiation.
Inhaling paint fumes, glue, and other aerosols is typically done with the use of a paper or plastic bag. It is reported to cause a feeling of brief euphoria that is intensified with each breath of the substance. However, with each breath, you are depriving yourself of oxygen.
According to law enforcement in Williamson county, they are seeing the same huffing suspects over and over. They hope that by elevating the charge to a Class A misdemeanor, they will begin to see less of those same customers.
A Class A misdemeanor carries with it a sentence of up to 1 year in jail along with fines. This is the most serious misdemeanor classification under Illinois law. If sentenced to an offense like huffing, the judge can also order you to attend some sort of drug treatment.
With huffing substances being more readily available than any other street drugs or even alcohol, it is easy to see why it is so addictive and perhaps even easy to see why law enforcement is seeking a stricter penalty for an offense that seems to be growing in popularity.
When facing drug charges, no matter the substance, you are looking at jail time, fines, and the stigma of being classified as a convicted criminal. Call me today if you are facing charges like this and need an advocate on your side.