Truth About Inhalants

By: Adam and Walt


Inhaling fumes from chemicals started in ancient times in Egypt, Babylonia, India and China. They used it to alter their consciousness, or as a religious ceremony. It was also practiced by priestesses to alter their consciousness an the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece. Early in the 1800s nitrous oxide, ether and chloroform were used. It was used in Europe and the U.S. for recreation. Use of inhalants were used all through the 1900s and now glue, gas and spray paint sniffing is used in many places around the world from New Zealand to Canada.

What is it? How are they used?

Inhalants are...

Inhalants are the vapors from toxic substances. There are more than one thousand household and other common products and chemicals that can be abused as inhalants. The most common inhalants shoe polish, glue, toluene, gasoline, and lighter fluid.

Inhalants are used by...

Toxic substances are inhaled to reach a quick high. The household and common products are inhaled and this generally leads to passing out and possible death. People can also sniff the vapors or fumes of a chemical to get the high.

Street Names and Effects

Some street names for inhalants are air blast, highball, snappers and bullet bolt. What is not known about inhalants are many of the effects. Some of the short term effects are slurred speech, impaired judgement, rashes around the nose and mouth, and the inability to coordinate movement. Some long term effects of inhalant use are depression, muscle weakness, hearing loss, and death from heart failure or asphyxiation.

Important Facts

1. In 38 states in the U.S. it is illegal to sell these products to minors. That still means that in twelve states minors can purchase these harmful chemicals.

2. 22.9 million Americans have experimented with inhalants.

3. 22% of the people who died from sudden sniffing syndrome didn't have any prior use of the drugs.

4. By the time students in the U.S. reach 8th grade 1 out of every 5 students will have used an inhalant.

5. In Karachi Pakistan 80%-90% of street kids sniff glue or solvents.

6. You can die from the first time you use inhalants.