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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 94254        FILED ON: 9/22/2009

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4254


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


By Ms. Malia of Boston, for the committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, on House, No. 1943 and House, No. 3907, a Bill relative to inhalant abuse (House, No. 42 54 ). September 23, 2009 :


An Act An Act relative to inhalant abuse .






Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand and Nine



An Act relative to inhalant abuse .


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.   Section 35 of chapter 123 of the Genera l Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:- 

For the purposes of this section, “substance abuser” shall mean a person who chronically or habitually consumes or ingests controlled substances or who intentionally inhales toxic vapors to the extent that (1) such use substantially injures his health or substantially interferes with his social or economic functioning, or (2) he has lost the power of self-control over the us e of such controlled substances or toxic vapors.

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