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Story last updated at 4:45 PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Abuse of household products can have deadly consequences

South Peninsula Haven House has become involved in the HLP — Harmful Legal Products — Project, uniting parents, schools and retail outlets to find a solution to the abuse of these products by youth. While alcohol and drug use among young people has declined in recent years, the number of Alaska youth abusing household products is increasing, according to a press release from South Peninsula Haven House.

To help prevent such high-risk and potentially deadly behavior, Haven House is partnering with Akeela and the Pacific Institute on Research and Evaluation on a two-year research project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that seeks to raise awareness and reduce youth access to more than 1,500 harmful everyday legal products used in homes, stores and offices and that can be inhaled or injected to get high.

"South Peninsula Haven House believes this project is important because as a community, we need to make sure that our children can grow up in a healthy and safe environment. We've made progress with regards to illegal drug and alcohol abuse among our youth. It's time to tackle the problem of inhalants and other abuseable legal products," the press release states. Meetings and workshops will be held throughout February and March to present the community with information about harmful legal products.

"Family Night" pizza parties, with a presentation about HLPs and what individuals can do to protect family members and the community, are scheduled for Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Homer Middle School from 5-7 p.m. Child care will be provided. For more information, call Sharon Bauer at 235-7712.