Inhalants are a broad range of household and industrial chemicals whose volatile vapors or pressurized gases can be concentrated and breathed in via the nose or mouth to produce intoxication called " getting high " in slang , in a manner not intended by the manufacturer. They are inhaled at room temperature through volatilization in the case of gasoline or acetone or from a pressurized container e. For example, amyl nitrite poppers , nitrous oxide and toluene — a solvent widely used in contact cement , permanent markers, and certain types of glue — are considered inhalants, but smoking tobacco , cannabis , and crack are not, even though these drugs are inhaled as smoke. While a small number of inhalants are prescribed by medical professionals and used for medical purposes , as in the case of inhaled anesthetics and nitrous oxide an anxiolytic and pain relief agent prescribed by dentists , this article focuses on inhalant use of household and industrial propellants, glues, fuels and other products in a manner not intended by the manufacturer, to produce intoxication or other psychoactive effects.
What is Huffing? Huffing is a type of substance abuse that involves inhaling fumes from household substances in order to experience a high. Also known as sniffing or inhalant abuse , this practice is usually undertaken to feel euphoria or experience visions or hallucinations; however, it is an extremely risky form of substance abuse. Spray paint and other paints are commonly used in huffing. Some of the toxic chemicals in paint provide an intense high that can be easily obtained by those who are otherwise unable to afford or get access to other drugs. However, huffing paint and other forms of inhalant abuse are extremely dangerous, causing multiple severe injuries and deaths every year. Huffing is a generalized term that is often applied to various types of inhalant abuse.
If something like this has happened to you, your kid may very well be abusing inhalants. Inhalants that kids get high on are mostly found in your house. For example, if you have cleaning fluids, glues, paints, solvents, compressed air canisters you know, those cans of air you use to clean your computer keyboard , correctional fluids, deodorizers, aerosol deodorants, cooking spray, or whipped cream cans, then you have inhalants in your house. All these types of products are very common in any household. After all, we all use these goods to aid us in cooking, cleaning, school projects, home repair, etc.
Would you know if your teen were huffing? Consider the telltale signs of inhalant use — and what you can do to prevent it. Huffing these and other common household products can provide a quick high.