As you know intravenous drug use carries a high risk of infections of the heart (endocarditis) and stroke. Cocaine use has been linked to strokes and heart attacks. Fatal to even first-time users. I was concerned when I heard the report on the radio today about “huffing”
People who sniff from bottles or cover their mouth and nose with a bag filled with a substance to inhale it, affect the neurotransmitters to produce euphoric sensations. They immediately begin to feel lightheaded and disoriented, and may experience hallucinations.
This act of recreational huffing of toxins (glue or sprays — even spray used to clean keyboards) are known to have immediate as well as long-lasting affects. It causes the user to experience irreversible brain, heart, and lung damage, hearing loss, nervous system problems. The addict who becomes dependent increases their chances of overdose and death attempting to avoid fatigue and the state of depression that follows when they come down from the induced high.
Be healthy, be aware and talk with your children.
~To Your Health,
Chip Malone is a retired Head Coach for the Varsity Boys Basketball team at Warner Robins High School from 1991 to 2009 before retiring in 2009. He lead teams to three Region Championships, one Sweet 16, one Elite 8, one State Final (runner up), and holds an unsurpassed record of six consecutive Bear Brawl Christmas Basketball Tournament Championships in a row.
I have another passion after becoming a heart transplant recipient in November, 2010. I now dedicate my time to honor the memory of my organ donor by telling this story in an effort to promote heart health. I am a family man, former educator and coach for 32 years following my destiny as an author of a book entitled “A Second Chance”. The book depicts a struggle to live, the power of love and triumph that will encourage your faith. Hear the story and why I am thankful for a second chance.
I am a Mentor with the GA Transplant Foundation who believes that education is the key to reducing heart disease, and since experience is the best teacher, I hope that others can benefit from mine. I will continue Chip’n Away at Heart Disease. And now I ask you, “What would you do with a God-given second chance?”
Fundraising is a matter of life and death for some transplant candidates, and a matter of quality of life for others. Your generous donation will help Coach Malone’s endeavors to assume self-responsibility for his medical needs by fundraising.