Inhalants Abuse

September 18, 2011

Are Inhalants Legal?

The Controlled Substance Act does not regulate inhalants.  However, 38 states in the US have placed restrictions on the sale and distribution to minors of certain products that are commonly abused as inhalants.  Some of the products used are shoe polish, glue, Toluene a colorless liquid used as a solvent and a fuel.  You will also find gasoline, lighter fluid, nitrous oxide, or “whippets,” spray paint, correction fluid, cleaning fluids, locker room deodorizers and lacquer thinner or other paint solvents.

Some states have introduced fines, incarceration or mandatory treatment for the sale, distribution, use and/or possession of inhalant chemicals.

As a parent I did not know any of this information.  I had no idea our children or anyone for that matter was getting into inhalants and getting high.  This must have been going on for a long time now for these laws to be put in place.  Where have I been for not know this.  Education is the key.

Laws also exist in some US state prohibiting the recreational inhalation of nitrous oxide.  You know the stuff Dentist use to help you relax when you go for a visit.

Some communities in Western Australia and South Australia have passed local laws making petrol sniffing an offense.  In some of these countries police are allowed to search a person who is believed to be in possession of an inhalant and take it away.

In England and Wales, it is illegal for retailers to sell volatile substances to anyone under the age of 18 if there is any reason to believe they will use it for inhalation and intoxification uses.

So the answer is NO, they are not legal.  I was born in 1947 and I can say what is happening to our world?  When getting creative on how to get high is so important to our population?

Call 1-877-340-3602 for help getting a loved one off inhalants or for information about inhalant rehabs in Louisiana and other states.


September 11, 2011

How do Inhalants Affect the Body?

If you are a user of Inhalants or if you suspect your child is a user of the Inhalers then you need to know what the affects are to the body.

Inhalant use can cause damage to the heart, Kidneys, brain, liver, bone marrow and other organs.  What you say!  It doesn’t just make them stupid?  No Much more.

Inhalants starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly.  So if your teenager complains “my heart is rushing” investigate his life ask a few questions.  They maybe tell you their friends are doing it, and that is a clue.

Inhalants users can get nauseated and they can have nosebleeds and their sense of hearing is lost to a degree or maybe they can’t smell so good.  So if your teenager acts like he doesn’t hear you.  It may not be selective hearing it may be he is inhaling.  Investigate his life.  Just ask a few loving questions.  We don’t need to make them wrong just want to know what is going on in their lives.

Users of inhalants sometimes use them for a long time so it can lead to muscle wasting and reduced muscle tone.  The poisonous chemicals gradually damage the lungs and the immune system.  So if your child is more sick than usual investigate their lives.  Ask loving questions about how they are doing and what they are doing in their lives.  An education is your first step to helping your children.

The facts about inhalants are that you can’t afford to wait if you know there is a problem.  Call our hotline now at 1-877-340-3602.


September 4, 2011

What are Inhalants?

Some of us have this question so let’s get it answered.  Inhalants are vapors from toxic substances what are inhaled to reach a quick high.  Our children may be doing this in our homes so it is best we know what these are.  We can look at 1000 household and other common products that could be abused as inhalants are shoe polish, glue, Toluene a colorless liquid used as a solvent and a fuel.  You will also find gasoline, lighter fluid, nitrous oxide, or “whippets,” spray paint, correction fluid, cleaning fluids, locker room deodorizers and lacquer thinner or other paint solvents.  Wow I don’t know about you but I have most of these in my home.

Most of these produce effect similar to anesthetics, which makes your body functions slower.  First you get high then you lose your inhibition.  Then you get drowsy light headed and agitated.  It should be easy to see that in our teenagers.  I know some parents get very upset when their teenager gets agitated but I wonder if they have the right education to spot their child inhaling.

The way they get high is because the chemicals are rapidly absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream and quickly reaches the brain and other organs.  Sometimes this can cause irreversible physical and mental damage.

Users inhale the chemical vapors directly from the open containers.  They breathe the fumes from rags soaked in chemicals, this is called “huffing” Some are known to spray the substance directly into the nose or mouth.  They sometimes pour it into their collar, sleeves or cuffs and then sniff them periodically.  They may do “bagging” putting the fumes inside a bag and inhale it from time to time.  This way may increase the chances of suffocation.

As a parent I honestly did not know these were methods our teenagers were getting high.  Education is the key.  Inhalant abuse is one of the most dangerous forms of drug abuse because it can create so much damage so quickly.  Call our hotline now for assistance at 1-877-340-3602.


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