INHALANTS

Inhalants include chemicals found in such household products as aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, glue, paint, paint thinner, nail polish remover, amyl nitrite1 and lighter fuel. They are sniffed or “huffed” (act of inhaling vapors).

Inhalants affect the brain. When substances or fumes are inhaled through the nose or mouth, they can cause permanent physical and mental damage. They starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly. People who use inhalants can lose their sense of smell, suffer nausea and nosebleeds and may develop liver, lung and kidney problems. Continued use can lead to reduced muscle mass, tone and strength. Inhalants can make people unable to walk, talk and think normally. Much of the damage is caused to the brain tissue when the toxic fumes are sniffed straight into the sinus.2

Short-term Effects:

In addition to the above, inhalants can kill a person by heart attack or suffocation as the inhaled fumes take the place of oxygen in the lungs and central nervous system. Someone on inhalants may also suddenly react with extreme violence.

Long-term Effects:

Can lead to muscle wasting and reduced muscle tone and strength. Can permanently damage the body and brain.

  1. 1. amyl nitrite: a pale yellow liquid used to open or widen blood vessels, sometimes abused as a stimulant.
  2. 2. sinus: one of the open spaces in the front of the skull that a person breathes through with the nose.

STREET NAMES

INHALANTS:

Air blast

Ames

Amys

Aroma of men

Bolt

Boppers

Bullet

Bullet bolt

Buzz bomb

Discorama

Hardware

Heart-on

Hiagra in a bottle

Highball

Hippie crack

Huff

Laughing gas

Locker room

Medusa

Moon gas

Oz

Pearls

Poor man’s pot

Poppers

Quicksilver

Rush Snappers

Satan’s secret

Shoot the breeze

Snappers

Snotballs

Spray

Texas shoe shine

Thrust

Toilet water

Toncho

Whippets

Whiteout