Inhalant addictions are serious conditions that must be addressed to protect an individual's life and health. Many inhalants are common household products and are often overlooked when considering addictive substances, increasing the need for awareness.
Inhalants are volatile vapors or pressurized gases that are often flammable and have mind-altering properties when inhaled. These household, commercial and industrial substances were not created for the purpose of inhalation.
They are easy to buy and find at home or the workplace. Because they are so accessible, people of all ages can become addicted to inhalants, including young children and teenagers.
Inhalants are used by breathing the substance in through the mouth or nose. Different names for inhaling these substances depend on the substance or equipment used, such as bagging, huffing, sniffing or snorting.
Substances are only considered inhalants when they are inhaled for a desired effect. Many everyday household or office products can be used as inhalants, such as:
Inhalants mainly affect the brain and the central nervous system. The immediate effects of inhalants only last a few minutes, creating results similar to alcohol intoxication, such as:
In addition to effects like those of alcohol intoxication, inhalants may also cause hallucinations and delusions, making individuals see things that aren't there or believe things that aren't true.
While these are the typical symptoms of short-term inhalant use, individuals are at risk of severe injury or death from even just one use of an inhalant. High concentrations of chemicals and frequent inhalant use put individuals at an increased risk.
Inhalants can have several damaging long-term effects. Inhaled chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream, quickly affecting the brain and other organs. The lasting effects include:
Inhalants can reduce oxygen flow to the brain or prevent oxygen from entering the lungs. Without adequate oxygen flow, individuals may experience brain damage, seizures or asphyxiation.
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