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What They Are:
Inhalants are things that are breathed in to give the user an immediate rush, or high. They include glues, paint thinners, dry cleaning fluids, gasoline, felt-tip marker fluid, hair spray, deodorants, spray paint, and whipped cream dispensers (whippets).
whippets, poppers, snappers, rush, bolt, bullet
How They’re Used:
These are inhaled directly from the container (called sniffing or snorting), from a plastic bag (called bagging), or by holding an inhalant-soaked rag in the mouth (called huffing).
What They Do:
Inhalants produce a quick feeling of being drunk — followed by sleepiness, staggering, dizziness, and confusion. Long-time users get headaches, nosebleeds, and sometimes lose their sense of smell. Inhalants decrease oxygen to the brain and can cause brain damage.
Using an inhalant just one time can lead to life-threatening health problems, and even cause death.
Knowing what drugs are out there, what they can do, and how they can affect someone is the first step in raising drug-free kids.
Household products are safe for cleaning, painting, and the other things they’re meant to do. But as inhalants, they can cause serious problems, even death.
Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person’s body works. Some drugs help you feel better, but drugs also can harm you. Learn more in this article for kids.
Ecstasy is a dangerous illegal drug that can cause hallucinations and even death.
Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help “immunize” them against drug use by giving them the facts now.
Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction – from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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