What is it?
Inhalants are ordinary household products that are
inhaled or sniffed by children to get high. There are
hundreds of household products on the market today that
can be misused as inhalants.
What does it look like?
Examples of products kids abuse to get high include
model aeroplane glue, nail polish remover, cleaning fluids,
hair spray, gasoline and spray paint.
- How is it used?
These products are sniffed, snorted, bagged (fumes inhaled
from a plastic bag) or huffed (inhalant-soaked rag, sock
or roll of toilet paper in the mouth) to achieve a high.
When inhaled via the nose or mouth into the lungs
in sufficient concentrations, inhalants can cause intoxicating
effects. Intoxication can last only a few minutes or several
hours, if inhalants are taken repeatedly. Initially, users
may feel slightly stimulated; with successive inhalations,
they may feel less inhibited and less in control.
Other irreversible effects caused by inhaling specific
solvents are hearing loss, limb spasms, central nervous
system or brain damage. Serious but potentially reversible
effects include liver and kidney damage and blood oxygen
Death from inhalants usually is caused by a very high
concentration of fumes. Deliberately inhaling from an
attached paper or plastic bag or in a closed area greatly
increases the chances of suffocation.
- Legal Status:
Illegal to sell to anybody under 16 years.