Inhalants are commonly abused by teens and they produce effects that are similar to using alcohol. Inhalants are often found within the household and easy to acquire.
The abuse of inhalants is relatively low compared to other drugs besides the common cases of abuse happening in solitary regions. But inhalants have properties which are addictive. Inhalants may be an uncommon drug abuse the danger associated with this addiction should not be disregarded.
Addiction is likely to happen to individuals who cannot control their inhalant intake even when they know the implications and concerns that come with this substance. Even those with a strong passion to quit inhalant abuse can find it difficult to stop.
Addicted users mostly encounter difficulties quitting this habit due to the presence of inhalants in their homes or in their local stores.
People who use inhalants can develop a physical and psychological dependence on the substance if taken on a regular basis over a long period of time.
Understanding Of Inhalants
Inhalants are flammable substances which evaporate at room temperature. Inhalants affect the mind as it produces an short-lived effect comparable to that of consuming alcohol.
Inhalants are made up of a large group of chemicals and anaesthetics which come together through inhalation. Whippets, huff, hippie crack and laughing gas are just some of the names given to these drugs.
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Inhalant Related Materials
Inhalant abuse includes the abuse of anaesthetics, gases, and household solvents. Cleaning products and petrol are some of the inhalants that can be used around the house.
Pain consciousness is relieved medically using gases (anaesthetics). Some well-known anaesthetics are nitrous oxide and chloroform. Nitrous oxide is popularly referred to as "laughing gas" and is often used by dentists. Cans of whipped cream also contain the gas and this is the source for many of its users.
A popular inhalant that has been used to increase blood flow in people with heart disease is amyl nitrite. Because they produce different effects compared to other inhalants, nitrites are sometimes put in their own class.
Inhalants that are commonly abused are
- Spray paint
- Paint thinners
- Spray paint
- Nitrous Oxide, laughing gas
- Computer based spray
- Nail polish and nail polish remover
The Effects And Abuse Of Inhalants
"Huffing" is the widely used means of misusing inhalants, although there are other ways it can be abused. In huffing, a rag is soaked with drug and the vapours are thereafter inhaled through the mouth. Directly from the container, some people inhale the substance through their mouth or nose.
Out of a plastic or paper bag or inhale gas from balloons, some people may also inhale the substance. In an attempt to increase their effects, some of the inhalants are sometimes heated.
Inhalation intoxication could be compared to alcohol intoxication due to the similarity of the resultant side effects; for instance impaired judgment as well as motor incoordination. The exception from alcohol is the temporary hallucinatory state that one may experience. In addition, inhalants effects only last for a few minutes. Some of the effect of inhalants include
- Loss of self-control
- Limited reflexes
The largest group of individuals abusing inhalants are the teens. The average of a first time user was 17 years for the year 2012.
Due to the sever danger inhalant poses on the body, it is assumed every user may likely turn into an addict. Inhaling this substance in high quantity can cause deadly overindulge and it leads to the breakdown of the central nervous system.
Queasiness, tiredness and unconsciousness are some effects accompanied by inhalant abuse, keeping the user in a state of oblivion. A fatal overdose is usually caused by heart failure, aspiration of the drug may make the user to stop breathing.
Treating An Inhalant Addiction
There is need to undergo treatment for addiction to inhalants under medical care due the rarity of the problem. People suffering from an addiction to inhalants have both inpatient and outpatient treatment options available for them.
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