I'll probably never need hospitalizing from this, but that's still surprising!
Keith had just been working on his 2 column proofs on his whiteboard, when his friend Requis had the crazy idea for Keith to stick the EXPO marker up his nose and inhale it! Of course, since Keith is a bit of a risk-taker, he followed through with the request. However, after inhaling the marker, Keith felt quite good! He would state, "Bro! This is actually so crazy!"
Oh my god, is he inhaling a marker?
Later that night, Keith was genuinely surprised by endorphin rush that he received when he took it earlier in class that day. He wanted to get the feeling again, and because he didn't think there were health drawbacks from inhaling EXPO markers, he took out another marker from his mother's drawer and stuck it up his nose/inhaled it. This routine would occur for the next three days.
I have to stop this right now.
After inhaling the marker for around a week, Keith had decided to research this phenomenon and why it's so addictive. During his research, he had discovered these objects he had been using actually go by the name, "Inhalants," and he had found that 3,800 emergency room visits and 450 hospitalizations occur every year in each state respectively due to inhalant poisonings. While he was indeed surprised, Keith had simply figured that he'd likely never need hospitalizing from this, and that he's just an exception.
It's been around three weeks since Keith first inhaled the marker. Now, he generally inhales markers in public, which obviously would cause some disturbance. His peers around him would be quite provoked and confused by his actions, and he'd lose many friends as a result. Even Keith's friend Requis has since split up with him, even though he was the one who jokingly told him to inhale the marker originally.
It was only around a week later when quite a bit of health issues started to occur in Keith's insides. Firstly, he felt his heart collapsing upon itself entirely, as well as having it beat rapidly and irregularly. In addition, Keith's ability to think has been severely damaged, as he can't make simple decisions for himself anymore. He attempted to quit Inhalants once, but the withdrawal symptoms hit him like a truck. His only option left was to go to rehab.
Keith began his rehabilitation journey by calling up a hotline that he found online. He first began with a detox that cleared a few of his inside struggles, but he received many withdrawal symptoms as a result. Despite this, he pushed forth. This would be the reality of his life for around six weeks, but after a few supplements and exams, Keith was finally feeling like himself again.