Inhalant Drugs

By Kelsey O'Sullivan and Sarah Fosdick

Definition:

Inhalants are often found in homes as cleaning products/fluids that contain psychoactive, which is a mind altering property when inhaled. The drug is taken by breathing the chemical in through your nose or mouth, also known as “huffing.” Another way, is placing a wet rag in your mouth with the chemical on it. Some examples are: whipped cream dispenser, glue, paint, or hairspray.

Slang Terms:

  • Satan’s secret

  • toilet water

  • Medusa

  • Oz

  • Snotballs

Effects and Dangers:

  • Restlessness

  • headaches

  • irritability

  • insomnia

  • poor concentration

  • dizziness

  • light-headed
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Statistics:

High schools have done many surveys on students who have ever used inhalants. In 8th grade, about 12% of students have used inhalants. In 10th grade, 10% of students used inhalants. Lastly, in 12th grade, around 7% of students have tried inhalants. As you can see, this drug is most common in younger children.

Advise About Drugs:

Inhalants can be dangerous because young kids may not know that many household items can be dangerous to your body and become addictive. However, if you are aware at what inhalants can do, don’t try it! Get help from a trustworthy adult or ask your friend for help. Always resist drugs!

Questions & Answers:

What should I do if I hear kids in my school using drugs?

Tell an adult immediately, and stand up for what’s right.

If drugs are so bad, why do you think they exist?

Unfortunately, some people are so addicted that they can’t function without it. Also, when people get depressed from drugs, the only thing that they feel is there for them are drugs.
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