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What are Inhalants

What are Inhalants

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What are inhalants 

Inhalants are a group of substances that are inhaled through the nose or mouth to produce a range of psychoactive effects. Inhalants are often common household or workplace products that contain volatile solvents or other chemicals that can produce a high when inhaled.

Common examples of inhalants include:

  1. Glues, adhesives, and rubber cement
  2. Paints and paint thinners
  3. Aerosol sprays, such as hair spray, deodorant, or air freshener
  4. Nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”)
  5. Gasoline and other fuels
  6. Cleaning fluids, such as bleach and ammonia

Inhalants can produce a range of effects, including feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and disorientation. However, they can also have serious side effects, including nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness. Inhaling high concentrations of inhalants can also lead to more serious effects, such as seizures, coma, or even death.

While Inhalant use is especially dangerous for children and adolescents, as it can have long-term effects on the developing brain and can lead to cognitive and behavioural problems.

Inhalant use disorder

Inhalant use disorder is a recognised mental health condition that can lead to physical and psychological dependence on inhalants. Treatment for inhalant use disorder may include counselling, behavioural therapy, and medication-assisted treatment.

It is important to note that the use of inhalants is illegal in many countries, and it is never safe to inhale substances that are not intended for that purpose. If you or someone you know is struggling with inhalant use, it is important to seek professional help from a healthcare provider or addiction specialist.

Inhalants. Street Terms: Whippets, poppers, snappers, air blast, moon gas, oz, poor man’s pot, bolt, boppers. Bullet rush, satan’s secret, buzz bomb, shoot the breeze, snot balls, Texas shoe shine, highball, thrust, hippie crack. Toilet water, huff, toncho, laughing gas, and locker room. Inhalants are volatile substances or fumes from products such as. Glue or paint thinner that are sniffed or “huffed” to cause a high. Inhalants affect the brain with great speed and force and keep oxygen from reaching the lungs.


Animal and human research shows that most inhalants are extremely toxic. Perhaps the most significant toxic effect of chronic exposure to inhalants is widespread. And long lasting damage to the brain and other parts of the nervous system. The intoxication produced by inhalants usually lasts just a few minutes. Therefore, users often try to extend the “high” by continuing to inhale repeatedly over several hours, which increases the risk. In addition to these physical and mental health problems, recent research shows. That inhalant use is associated with symptoms of depression. It is estimated 218,000 youths aged 12-17 used inhalants and also experienced depression in the past year. The same research showed that depressed teens were more than three times as likely to start using inhalants than teens. With no symptoms of depression. The reverse is also true, showing that teens often started using inhalants before depression began.


Solvent (usually fast drying glues and adhesives, assorted paint and petroleum products. Lighter fluid, dry-cleaning fluids, assorted aerosol sprays, surgical spirit, cleaners etc.). Abuse involves inhaling the fumes from domestic and industrial products creating a strong intoxication. Traditionally referred to as ‘glue sniffing’.the vast majority of solvent abusers are between the ages of 11-16 and usually male. The most common method of inhaling solvents is by inhaling them from a plastic bag. Which is placed over the face. A feeling of strong intoxication kicks in almost immediately with some users experiencing hallucinations. The effects are short lived, resulting in the prospect of repeated abuse.

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