Inhalants are substances or fumes from certain products like spray paints, glues and markers that are sniffed to cause a high. Sniffing from an open container or breathing fumes from chemical-soaked rags are common methods of inhalant abuse.
Inhalant abuse increases the chance of death due to suffocation or abnormal heart rhythm called Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. This may happen during any attempt to abuse inhalants. Chronic inhalant abuse can cause long term health issues such as poor memory, difficulty concentrating, depression, anxiety, and personality changes.
Some physical warning signs of inhalant abuse include:
Some personality changes may include:
For more information about inhalants, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 with questions about inhalants.