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Many teenagers use inhalants because they seem harmless, are often in your home and produce a quick buzz. However, inhalants provoke long-term irreversible damage to your body. Inhalant users sniff or snort the fumes, spray the aerosols into their nose or mouth, sniff fumes that were sprayed in a paper bag or huff (spraying a rag with inhalants and putting it in the mouth). Inhalants come in several forms:

Toluene: spray paint, glue, fingernail polish

  • Effects: hearing loss, liver damage, kidney damage, brain damage

Trichloroethylene: Cleaning fluid, correction fluid, felt tip marker fluid

  • Effects: liver damage, kidney damage, hearing loss

Hexane: gasoline, glue

  • Effects: blackouts, limb spasms

Nitrous Oxide: gas cylinders, whipped cream dispensers

  • Effects: blackouts, limb spasms

Benzene: gasoline

  • Bone marrow damage

What are the common effects of inhalants?

  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Euphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsy
  • Brain damage
  • Memory loss
  • Anemia
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Irritability
  • Depression