INHALANTS

Damien Del Duca

DRUG CATEGORY-INHALANTS

Inhalants are chemical vapors that people inhale on purpose to get “high.” The vapors produce mind-altering, and sometimes disastrous, effects. These vapors are in a variety of products in almost any home/workplace. Examples are some paints, glues, gasoline, and cleaning fluids. People who abuse inhalants breathe in the vapors through their nose or mouth.

STREET NAMES

Common slang for inhalants includes:

"laughing gas" (nitrous oxide)

"snappers"(amyl nitrite)

"poppers"(amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite)

"whippets"(fluorinated hydrocarbons, found in whipped cream dispensers)

"bold"(nitrites)

"rush"(nitrites)



INITIAL EFFECTS

The lungs absorb inhaled chemicals into the bloodstream very quickly, sending them throughout the brain and body. Within minutes of inhalation, users feel "high." The effects are similar to those produced by alcohol and may include slurred speech, lack of coordination, euphoria, and dizziness.


EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

Inhalants often contain more than one chemical. Some of the chemicals stay for a long time and get absorbed by fatty tissues in the brain and central nervous system.Inhalants also can damage brain cells by preventing them from receiving enough oxygen. The effects of this condition, also known as brain hypoxia, depend on the area of the brain affected.If the cerebral cortex is affected, the ability to solve complex problems and plan ahead will be compromised. And, if the cerebellum is affected, it can cause a person to move slowly or clumsily.


OTHER EFFECTS TO THE BODY

If you abuse inhalants regularly, it can cause serious harm to vital organs besides the brain. Inhalants can cause heart damage, liver failure, and muscle weakness. Certain inhalants can also cause the body to produce fewer blood cells.


ILLEGAL?

Using inhalants is not against the law. Most inhalants are common house held items. There are no consequences of using inhalants, except the effect on your body. Inhalants were never meant to be used as a drug, but some people intentionally use them to get a high.
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