Although other substances that are misused can be inhaled, the term inhalants refers to the various substances that people typically take only by inhaling.
Inhalants are various products easily bought and found in the home or workplace – such as spray paints, markers, glues, and cleaning fluids. They contain dangerous substances that have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties when inhaled. People don’t typically think of these products as drugs because they’re not intended for getting “high,” but some people use them for that purpose. When these substances are used for getting high, they are called inhalants.
- Volatile solvents, such as those found in paint thinner, gasoline, felt-tip markers, nail polish remover, glue, and other household products.
- Aerosol sprays containing propellants and solvents: Examples include spray paint, deodorant, and hair-care products.
- Gases, most commonly nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Nitrites, a group of chemicals that are used in room deodorizers, are more often abused by those seeking sexual enhancement rather than a euphoric state. Nitrites are most commonly abused by adults.
Can a person overdose on inhalants?
Yes, a person can overdose on inhalants. An overdose occurs when a person uses too much of a drug and has a toxic reaction that results in serious, harmful symptoms or death. These symptoms can cause seizures and coma. They can even be deadly. Many solvents and aerosol sprays are highly concentrated, meaning they contain a large amount of chemicals with a lot of active ingredients. Sniffing these products can cause the heart to stop within minutes. This condition, known as sudden sniffing death, can happen to an otherwise healthy young person the first time he or she uses an inhalant. Using inhalants with a paper or plastic bag or in a closed area may cause death from suffocation (being unable to breathe).
Information provided above is courtesy of: https://www.drugabuse.gov/
Inhalant Addiction Treatment in Florida
Although it’s not very common, repeated use of inhalants can lead to addiction. Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, sweating, problems sleeping, and mood changes.
If you or someone you know need help with inhalant addiction, connect with someone who can help you now by calling Florida Center for Recovery at our toll free number: 844-989-4036. Our recovery advisors are available 24/7 to provide you with information regarding treatment, admissions, insurance and private pay options.