(KMOV) – Teenagers are experimenting with a dangerous new trend: using Freon from air conditioners to get high.
Four teens on North Carolina are accused of stealing Freon from a neighbor’s air conditioner, siphoning the Freon into plastic bags and then inhaling it. Two of those teens were hospitalized.
Doctors say the activity can have a lasting effect on the abuser.
"It blocks oxygen from getting to your brain and basically causes your brain cells to die, and it's that process of asphyxiation, or the lack of oxygen, that actually gives a temporary high," says Dr. David Bell of Wake Teen Medical Services in North Carolina.