I have spent the last month or so gathering information on the issue of huffing as it pertains to my business. I am astonished at how little information there actually is. I have made appointments with multiple building departments to discuss the issue and most are absolutely oblivious that huffing is an issue. To my astonishment most did not believe that it was even in the building code until I pointed it out to them.
We have gathered volunteers and offered to install locking caps for FREE to local HOAs, management companies etc. Most of our attempts to help have been met with an attitude of "its not a big deal to us, just go away"
Statistics are outdated, death certificates are unclear, preventative measures, signs of abuse, and family resources are not making much of an impact in Colorado either. It is evidenced by the fact that our customers, families, friends and neighbors have never even heard of this issue.
The International Code Council introduced these new additions to the building code in the (most recent) 2009 editions of the "residential" and "mechanical" codes. Not every jurisdiction has adopted the ICC code. So always check with your local building department.
IRC Code "M1411.6 Locking access port caps. Refrigerant circuit access ports located outdoors shall be fitted with locking-type tamper –resistant caps."
IMC Code "1101.10 Locking access port caps. Refrigerant circuit access ports located outdoors shall be fitted with locking-type tamper –resistant caps."
So I guess my questions to the forum is this. Is "huffing" air conditioning refrigerant just not as popular as other means of huffing? Does anyone know where I could find regional statistics (recent) or demographics on inhalant abuse? Especially if it has to do with air conditioners.