The Massachusetts Inhalant Abuse Task Force was created in 1995 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, to provide parents, teachers, healthcare workers, and other youth-serving professionals with the most up-to-date information available on the prevention of inhalant abuse.

In May 1996, the Task Force officially launched A Breath Away , a statewide campaign designed to increase public awareness of inhalant abuse through the dissemination of educational materials and information about effective prevention strategies.

For questions about inhalants please contact the Massachusetts Inhalant Task Force at or call Kathleen Herr-Zaya at 617-624-5143. 

In case of an emergency, please call 911 (or your local emergency service number) or proceed to a hospital emergency room. If you have questions about a substance, please call the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention Serving Massachusetts & Rhode Island at 1-800-222-1222.


This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.