Teens and Inhalants

Did you know that kids are using household products to get high? They also use other types of inhalant substances to get a high, as well. It's becoming a common type of substance abuse in adolescents.

Types of Inhalants | Drug Rehab Charlotte NC

  • Laughing gas (nitrous oxide)
  • Snappers (amyl nitrite)
  • Poppers (amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite)
  • Whippets (fluorinated hydrocarbons)
  • Bold (nitrites)
  • Rush (nitrites)

According to drugbuse.gov, "Inhalants are chemicals found in ordinary household or workplace products that people inhale on purpose to get “high.” Because many inhalants can be found around the house, people often don’t realize that inhaling their fumes, even just once, can be very harmful to the brain and body and can lead to death. In fact, the chemicals found in these products can change the way the brain works and cause other problems in the body."

These dangerous inhalants are used in the following ways:

  • Sniffing substance out of a paper bag or other container it's been sprayed into
  • Spraying into the nose
  • Huffing
  • Inhaling from deflated balloons
  • Snorting from containers

Below, you'll find a few facts and statistics from drugabuse.gov that help us better understand the dangers of teens using inhalants.

Inhalants | Drug Rehab Charlotte NC

  • A US survey, combining data from 2002 to 2006, found that an annual average of 593,000 teens aged 12 to 17 had used inhalants for the first time in the year before they took the survey.
  • More than 22.9 million Americans have experimented with inhalants at some point in their lives.
  • One state in the US averaged more than 3,800 emergency room visits and 450 hospitalizations a year due to inhalant poisonings, according to statistics released in 2008.
  • By the time students in the US reach the eighth grade, one in five will have used inhalants. In 2007, inhalants were the substance most frequently abused by youth aged 12 or 13.
  • 22% of inhalant abusers who died of Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome had no history of previous inhalant abuse—they were first-time users.
  • According to the European School Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, 20% of youth in the 12 to 16 age group have tried inhalants.
  • In Nairobi, Kenya, an estimated 60,000 children live on the streets and almost all are addicted to some sort of inhalant.
  • In the Pakistani city of Karachi there are an estimated 14,000 street kids, of whom 80% to 90% sniff glue or solvents.
  • In the US, the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.1 million youths aged 12 to 17 had used inhalants in the past year.
  • LIQUIDS that vaporize at room temperatures. These are found in numerous easily available household and industrial products including paint thinners, degreasers, gasoline, glues, correction fluids and felt-tip marker fluids.
  • SPRAYS such as spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays, vegetable oil sprays for cooking and fabric protector sprays.
  • GASES including medical anesthetics (ether, chloroform and nitrous oxide, commonly called “laughing gas”), butane lighters, propane tanks, whipped cream dispensers and refrigerants.
  • NITRITES (a chemical compound found in food preservatives, leather cleaner, room deodorizers, etc.) are considered a special class of inhalants which act directly on the central nervous system, brain and spinal cord. They are used mainly as sexual enhancers and are commonly known as “poppers” or “snappers.”

Symptoms of Inhalant Use | Drug Rehab Charlotte NC

  • Unclear speech
  • Severe headaches
  • Serious damage to the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain
  • Rashes around mouth
  • Rash around nose
  • Prolonged use can lead to heart failure and/or death within minutes
  • Possible irreversible damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, heart and brain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Memory impairment
  • Lack of coordination
  • Irritability
  • Hearing loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Failure to coordinate movement
  • Drunk, dizzy or dazed appearance
  • Disorientation
  • Diminished intelligence
  • Depression
  • Decreased judgment
  • Deaths from heart failure
  • Death from suffocation
  • Continual use can induce irregular and/or rapid heartbeat
  • Catalepsy
  • Bone marrow damage
  • Asphyxiation
  • Aggression

Never assume your teen is safe from substance abuse for any reason. They might be dealing with pressures you aren't aware of or are worried their friends won't like them anymore if they don't try using.

Regardless of how bad your teen’s drug use has become, help is always available. With combined support from family and Legacy Freedom Drug Rehab in Charlotte NC you are not alone in this, recovery is just around the corner. Help is a phone call or visit away.

Drug rehab in Charlotte NC isn’t like any other type of rehab your teen will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with drug or alcohol use, in hopes to help them learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:

  • adventure therapy
  • comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • drug testing
  • dual diagnosis
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
  • life skills
  • parental support and assistance

Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about drug rehab in Charlotte NC that is tailored to fit the needs of your teen so that they're able to learn how to rejoin life, drug-free.

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