Types of Products Used:
Chemicals that give off fumes that act on the brain. Glues, aerosols, paint sprays, hair sprays, anesthetics, spot removers, dry cleaning fluids, oven cleaners, gasoline, antifreeze, paint remover, paint thinners, correction fluid, felt tip markers, lighter fluid, nail polish and remover, whipped cream.

Chemicals Found in Inhalants:
Toluene, acetone, butane, propane, nitrous oxide, fluorocarbons.

Street Names:
Poppers, locker room, rush, sudden impact, laughing gas, whippets.

Inhaled through nose or mouth (bagging or huffing). Inhaled directly from containers, from plastic bags, from saturated cloth/clothing, or by directly spraying into the mouth or nose.

Inhalants are a diverse group of chemicals that are found in consumer products such as aerosols and cleaning solvents, and are central nervous system depressants. “Poppers” are amyl nitrate bulbs traditionally used by heart patients. Butyl nitrate is often packaged as incense under the name “locker room.”

Immediate effects:
Headache, muscle weakness, abdominal pain, visual hallucinations, numbness, tingling of hands and feet, nausea, nosebleeds, irregular heartbeat or heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, dizziness, involuntary passing of urine or feces.

Long-term effects:
Addictive, can serve as a “gateway” to alcohol and other drugs. Hepatitis, liver, lung and kidney impairment, brain and nervous system damage.

Asphyxia, vomiting, suffocation, cardiac arrest, unconsciousness and sudden death.

Hand tremors, chronic headaches, nervousness, excessive sweating.

Signs & Symptoms:
Odor on breath or clothes, white powdery ring around the mouth, runny nose, watery eyes, poor muscle control, flushed face, bluish skin color, slurred speech, drowsiness, nausea.

Did you know?

  • One time use of inhalants can result in poisoning and sudden death.
  • Chronic use of inhalants appears in young and late adolescence; use patterns are short-lived, with cessation in late adolescence.
  • Long-term use of inhalants has been associated with irreversible brain damage.