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Top 10 Common Inhalants

Top 10 Common Inhalants

Inhalants are the vapors from toxic substances which are inhaled to reach a quick high. There are hundreds of different products which can be inhaled. Here is a list of 10 Common Inhalants—

  • Paint thinner
  • Freon
  • Gasoline or Ether
  • Spray paint
  • Lighter fluid
  • Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”)
  • Butane
  • Computer duster spray
  • Glue
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover

Did you know?

Many of the most popular inhalants can be found in your home—in your kitchen, bathroom and garage. If you’re a parent, these are items you should keep out of the reach of children and monitor where your teenagers are concerned—

—Cleaning products: air fresheners, degreasers, disinfectants, dry cleaning fluids, dusting spray, furniture wax, leather cleaner, oven cleaner and rust removers.
—Office Supplies: computer duster, dry erase markers, permanent markers, rubber cement, spray adhesive, white board cleaner and white-out.
—Food products: canned whipped cream, cooking oil spray, whippets
Personal care products: hair spray, nail polish remover, pain relief spray and spray deodorant.
—Home Maintenance products: fabric protection spray, Freon, insecticide spray, paint, remover, paint thinner, shellac and spray paint.
—Other: fire extinguisher, gasoline, helium, lighter fluid, moth balls, nitrous oxide and propane.
Inhaled chemicals are rapidly absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream and quickly distributed to the brain and other organs. Within minutes, the user experiences intoxication, with symptoms similar to those produced by drinking alcohol. With inhalants, however, intoxication lasts only a few minutes, so users often try to prolong the high by continuing to inhale, potentially causing irreversible physical and/or mental damage.

What is Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome (SSDS)?

Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome (SSDS) is heart failure due to a spike in adrenaline after using an inhalant. SSDS can occur the first time someone tries an inhalant or anytime thereafter. Due to the easy accessibility to so many household products and the dangerous health risks associated with inhalant abuse, this is an alarming issue among children and teens.

It is important for children and teens to know that inhalants can cause death, even the first time. Educating your kids about the dangers of inhalant abuse is the best way to prevent experimentation.

Top 10 Common Inhalants
Top 10 Common Inhalants

Popular Inhaling Methods

Users may inhale chemical vapors directly from open containers. This is known as sniffing.

Some breathe the fumes from rags soaked in chemicals. This is known as huffing. Others huff by spraying the substance directly into their nose or mouth or by pouring it onto their clothing to sniff it periodically.

Bagging is when a user inhales fumes from substances inside a paper or plastic bag.

If you or someone you love has a problem with inhalants, we can help. Speak with someone right now—(888) 837-6577.

At Honey Lake Clinic, we understand that substance abuse is a complex and dangerous mental health concern, affecting not only the one in its grip, but also others. Our experienced staff, licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatric specialists, strongly believe that faith-based treatment, encompassing mind, body and spirit, will provide you with the long-lasting tools and knowledge to find freedom from substance abuse.

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