Mental Health

ORS 430.272
Inhalant abuse

  • education resources


For purposes of this section, “inhalant” has the meaning given that term in ORS 167.808 (Unlawful possession of inhalants).


The Director of the Oregon Health Authority shall develop education resources focusing on the problem of inhalant abuse by minors. The director shall ensure that special emphasis is placed on the education of parents about the risks of inhalant use. The director shall develop tools to help parents talk to their children about the extraordinary risks associated with even a single use of inhalants, as well as those risks that arise from repeated use.


The director shall develop education resources focusing on merchants that sell products that contain inhalants. The director shall encourage merchants that sell products containing inhalants to post signs that inform the public that using inhalants for the purpose of intoxication is illegal and potentially deadly.


The director shall develop and print a standard sign for the purposes of subsection (3) of this section, and shall make the sign available to merchants that elect to display the sign. The sign shall:


Contain the message, “Illegal to inhale fumes for purpose of intoxication. Fumes may cause serious injury or death!!”


Be at least five by seven inches in size with lettering that is at least three-eighths of an inch in height.


Contain a graphic depiction of the message to convey the message to a person who cannot read the message. If the depiction includes a picture of a person, the depiction of the person shall be of a minor and shall not reflect any specific race or culture.


The sign developed under subsection (4) of this section shall be in English and in such other languages as may be commonly used in this state. Merchants shall be encouraged to post signs in languages other than English if English is not the primary language of a significant number of the patrons of the business. [Formerly 409.425]
Note: 430.272 (Inhalant abuse) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 430 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
§§ 430.260 to 430.425

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authorized contracts and expenditures, (1977) Vol 38, p 1618


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