Drug abuse is a major issue in the U.S. Most people think that the problem is because of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin and meth, but people are finding ways to get high using common household products. News outlets report on these trends after they’ve caused several deaths, but it’s best to become informed before a tragedy occurs.
Teenagers are more likely to try these strange ways to get high because they don’t realize how dangerous they can be. Parents are often under-informed about the unusual drug trends among teenagers because they’re usually only found on the internet on drug blogs and in how-to videos. It is important for parents to be aware of these trends so they can talk with their kids.
In this three-part series, we’ll talk about the different ways people have used household products to get high so that you will be able to take measures to prevent your kids or loved ones from experimenting and possibly harming themselves or worse. If your child needs drug rehab in Raleigh, please call Legacy Freedom for free information.
In the first part, we’ll take a look at a more well-known way of getting high using inhalants called “huffing.” An inhalant is a substance such as a solvent, aerosol, gas or nitrate, that is sniffed from a paper bag or sucked through a can.
Inhalants give a person a sense of euphoria, but can also cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and in some cases hallucinations. The high is brief so many users do it repeatedly. Every time someone huffs, they’re putting themselves at risk of damaging their internal organs, central nervous system and death.
Let’s take a look the household products people have used to get high through inhaling or huffing.
1. Nail Polish Remover
This beauty product contains acetone, which is a solvent also found in paint thinner. The fumes can produce a high when sniffed from the bottle or from a rag saturated with it. It acts as a depressant, slowing down the central nervous system.
The idea of sniffing glue has been around for years, but it’s not just a joke. People do inhale glue fumes in order to get high. The user experiences a brief feeling of euphoria and exhilaration. It can cause respiratory failure, suffocation or the user to go into a coma or die.
3. Correction Fluid
A common brand name is White Out. It can be huffed in order to produce a quick high. It contains chemicals that cause increased heart rate, which can lead to heart failure.
4. Canned Air
Canned air, also known as air duster or by the brand name Dust Off, is used to clean computers. It sends a pressurized blast out of its spout and contains chemicals used as coolants for refrigerators. It brings a quick high that may feel similar to being drunk or may even cause a feeling of euphoria.
5. Whipped Cream
Canned whipped cream contains nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which gives a quick high when inhaled. The effects are dizziness, ringing in the ears and excitement. The practice is called “whip-its.”
People put mothballs into a bag in order to concentrate the smell then huff them to get high. It causes similar effects of other inhalants, but can also irritate the eyes and airways because of the intensity of the chemical smells.
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