Common Forms of Inhalants
Whippets, poppers, huffing and dusting are just a few of the popular terms for using inhalants. The chemicals that produce this high are generally common household products.
The American Council for Drug Education (ACDE) categorizes them as follows:
Organic Solvents: A liquid compound that evaporates to a gas. Paint thinners, spray paint, butane, and gasoline are just some of the easily obtainable and highly dangerous chemicals abused.
Nitrates: Nitrogen is commonly used medically to treat chest pain. There are two types: amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate.
Nitrous Oxide: The chemical is used as an anesthetic medicinally, however, it can also be found in household products. Laughing gas is the common term for this chemical.
Warning Signs of Inhalant Abuse
If you are not sure if a loved one is dealing with inhalant addiction here are some signs of inhalant abuse:
- Appearing drunk: Dizzy, disorientated, slurred speech
- Vomiting and/or decreased appetite
- Sweet or unidentifiable order on breath or clothes
- Runny eyes or nose, sores around mouth
- Evidence of products; such as paint products on face, hands, and clothes
- Dramatic mood shift; irritability, restlessness, or anger
- Inhalant abusers commonly behave elusively: hiding clothes, rags and garbage.
The Physical Damage
Because of the drunk-like high, the inhalant abuser can harm themselves as well as others, such as operating machinery or vehicles. Coughing, nose bleeds and hallucinations can result from inhaling chemicals. Oxygen restriction can cause asphyxia, coma or even death. Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is a result of lack of oxygen and cardiac arrest.