August 28, 2010 Kim Goldman

Inhalants (AKA: bolt, bullet, climax, locker room, rush, poppers, snappers, whippets) refer to substances that are sniffed or “huffed” to give the user an immediate head rush or high. They include chemicals that are found in a wide variety of products ranging from aerosols to cleaning solvents. The act of using inhalants is commonly referred to as “huffing.”  Huffing is the 3rd most abused substance by teenagers and is an increasing problem in today’s society.

What do they look like?

Most inhalants are household products including aerosols and cleaning solvents.

These include:

  • Model glue
  • Rubber cement
  • Spray Paint
  • Deodorant
  • Air Freshener
  • Asthma spray
  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Typing correction fluid and thinner
  • Fuel gas
  • Cigarette lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Spot remover
  • Degreaser
  • Bottled whipped cream
  • Whippets

What are the immediate effects?

  • Visual hallucinations
  • Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet
  • Bloody nose
  • Head rush
  • Sudden death
  • Headache
  • Suffocation

What are the long-term effects?

  • Liver, lung and kidney damage
  • Brain damage

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