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Inhalants

With more than 1,400 products that are potentially dangerous when inhaled, abusers access to these substances is made easy. Chemicals such as typewriter correction fluid, air conditioning coolant, gasoline, propane, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, butane, cooking spray, paint, and glue. Most are common products that can be found in the home, garage, office, school or as close as the local convenience store.


Also referred to as huffing, sniffing, dusting or bagging, abusers use these drugs through the mouth or nose. Huffing is when a chemically soaked rag is held to the face or stuffed in the mouth and the substance is inhaled. Sniffing can be done directly from containers, plastic bags, clothing or rags saturated with a substance or from the product directly. With Bagging, substances are sprayed or deposited into a plastic or paper bag and the vapors are inhaled.

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Short-Term Effects of Inhalants:
bulletheadaches
bulletmuscle weakness
bulletabdominal pain
bulletsevere mood swings
bulletviolent behavior
bulletbelligerence
bulletslurred speech
bulletnumbness
bullettingling of hands and feet
bulletnausea
bullethearing loss
bulletdepressed reflexes
bulletstupor
bulletloss of consciousness
bulletlimb spasms
bulletfatigue
bulletlack of coordination
bulletapathy
bulletimpaired judgment
bulletdizziness
bulletlethargy
bulletvisual disturbancesLong-Term Effects of Inhalants:

bulletweight loss
bulletmuscle weakness
bulletdisorientation
bulletinattentiveness
bulletlack of coordination
bulletirritability
bulletdepression
bulletliver damage
bulletkidney damage
bullethearing loss
bulletlimb spasms
bulletbone marrow
bulletcentral nervous system (including brain) damage
bulletdeath

 

 

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