They’re all over your house. They’re in your child’s school. In fact, you probably picked some up the last time you went to the grocery store. What are they? Inhalants. They are fast becoming the drug of choice for young people.

What is Inhalant Use?

Inhalant use refers to the intentional breathing of gas or vapors with the purpose of reaching a high. Inhalants are legal products available in most grocery or hardware stores. Inhalants have a useful purpose but are dangerous when misused. Inhalant use is often referred to as huffing.

What Products Are Used As Inhalants?

You will be surprised at the number of products which can be used as an inhalant. Here is a list in which can be found in your home and garage.

  • Adhesives such as model airplane glue, rubber cement.
  • Aerosols such as spray paint, hairspray or air freshener.
  • Solvents such as nail polish remover, paint thinner, gasoline.
  • Food products such as vegetable cooking spray or whipped cream cans.

What Do Inhalants Do To The Body?

Inhalants slow down the body’s functions. In a matter of seconds, inhalants pass into the lungs and bloodstream, going quickly to the body’s vital organs.

Short Term Effects

  • Heart Palpitations
  • Breathing Difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Slow Reflexes
  • Lack of Coordination

Long Term Effects

  • Muscle Weakness
  • Decrease or loss of sense of smell
  • Nausea & Nosebleeds
  • Violent Behavior