Inhalant addiction occurs when a person sniffs everyday household items in order to get high. The fumes of the substance flow through the mouth or nose by huffing, sniffing or snorting depending on what’s inhaled. Unfortunately, not all teens and adults realize the dangers of inhaling because the high achieved lasts a few minutes. Thus causing the person to continue inhaling in order to stay high.
13.1% of those who abuse inhalants reported starting by the 8th grade.
Access to these inhalants is easy for teens whether the products are in the home or bought in a store. Aerosol spray items are hair and deodorant sprays, computer cleaning products, spray paints, and vegetable oils. They contain propellants and volatile solvents. Gases used for inhaling include butane lighters, propane tanks, and whipped cream dispensers. However, products such as ether, chloroform, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are also abused inhalants.
Nitrites come in the form of leather or video head cleaner, liquid aroma, and room deodorizer.
Volatile solvents are products like white correction fluids, dry-cleaning fluids, felt-tip marker fluid, gasoline, glue, and paint thinners or removers.
Drug abuse impacts every socioeconomic background. But according to drugabuse.gov, inhalant abuse occurs due to child abuse, low G.P.A., and dropping out of school. Therefore, it is wise to pay attention if you suspect your teen or loved one may have an addiction. Even if your family appears to be “normal” drug abuse may be present. So learning the signs and symptoms of inhalant abuse empowers you to help your friend or relative.