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Understanding Inhalant AbuseAbuso de inhalantes

Understanding Inhalant Abuse

Children and young teens are most likely to use inhalants. That's because inhalants are legal and easy to obtain. In fact, you may have many of them in your home right now. Yet these common items can seriously affect your child's health. In some cases, they may be fatal. Learn the warning signs of inhalant abuse. You may help save your child's life.


What Are Inhalants?

Inhalants are not drugs. They're toxic chemicals that produce a quick, intense high. Often, users feel light-headed, dizzy, or giddy. Some children use gasoline, airplane glue, or lighter fluid. But over 1,000 types of chemicals may be used as inhalants. Users absorb them by sniffing, "huffing," or "bagging." Huffing involves putting rags soaked in inhalants over the mouth. Bagging is inhaling chemicals poured into a plastic bag.

Signs of Inhalant Abuse

Suspect inhalant abuse if you notice any of the following:

  • Paint or chemical stains on your child's face or clothing

  • Strong-smelling rags or bags hidden in your child's room

  • Sores or spots around your child's mouth or nose

  • Chemical-smelling breath

  • Slurred speech

Common Inhalants Include:

  • Gasoline

  • Paint thinners

  • Correction fluids

  • Lighter fluid

  • Marking pens

  • Nail polish remover

  • Household cleaners

  • Aerosol sprays, such as hairspray or dessert topping spray

  • Deodorant sprays

  • Fabric protectors

  • Dry cleaning fluid

Publication Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse

Online Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse

Date Last Reviewed: 2004-09-19T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00



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