Check your refrigerator now. What about your cleaning supplies cabinet? Now check where you keep your markers and other art supplies. Are there lots of aerosol cans? What about paints, whip cream canisters, or air fresheners?
Whippits are a not so new drug that is quickly regaining its old popularity among teens and adults. The steadily growing popularity of whippits can be attributed primarily to how easily accessible this drug is. But first, what exactly is a whippit? If you have a drug addiction of any kind, be sure to call Legacy Freedom for help. We're the top drug and alcohol treatment center in Wilmington NC. We offer affordable drug treatment for all ages.
What's a Whippit?
Whippits, sometimes known as hippie crack, laughing gas, or noz, are a very concentrated form of nitrous oxide that is inhaled or “huffed”. While nitrous oxide is dispensed during dental or medical procedures, it is done so under careful supervision and with the right medical knowledge by a practitioner versus some kids handing it out at a party. Although the concentration of nitrous oxygen in a dentist’s office is different than what is found on the street, many dental practices have been forced to establish treatment centers and options for dental practitioners who have become hooked on the stuff. Whippits are so easily accessible to teens because the mind altering gas can be found in everyday household items.
Besides nitrous oxide in its pure form being sold as a food grade item, inhalants can be anything from gasoline, glue, paint thinners, whip cream canisters, and spray paints, to anything sold in aerosol cans like hair spray or air fresheners. These drugs can be found in most houses in one form or another and can definitely be found in stores all over the country. While addiction to nitrous is very uncommon, the dangers and fatality of its use and abuse are very common.
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A nitrous high only lasts for about 30-60 seconds, making the user feel like they are floating and euphoric. This is due to the brain's depletion of oxygen, also known as “hypoxia”, which happens when a person’s breathing stops or becomes so shallow it isn’t meeting the brain’s requirements for oxygen.
Using whippits also depresses the central nervous system. Repeated use of inhalants can cause slurred speech, light-headedness, hallucinations, liver and kidney damage, vomiting, bone marrow damage, and muscle contractions closely resembling a seizure. If standing while ingested, most users will fall down, which could result in a number of other injuries including head trauma or abrasions.
Nitrous oxide can be lethal when not dispensed correctly. Some may question why because it is so similar to what is used in a dentist’s office. Non-medical nitrous does not have the proper mix of oxygen combined, therefore dangerously reducing the user's level of oxygen to the brain. If oxygen flow is cut off to the brain for longer than a minute or two, permanent brain damage or even death can result. Since the high only lasts for about 30-60 seconds, the user quickly returns for more, sometimes not realizing how much they have already ingested.
Inhaling highly concentrated amounts of chemicals in things like aerosol sprays can directly cause heart failure in a matter of seconds or minutes. This is known as “Sudden Sniffing Syndrome.” According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Sudden Sniffing Syndrome can strike a first time user that would otherwise be considered healthy, so trying whippits once isn’t even worth it. If you have a problem with inhalants or huffing, be sure to call our drug and alcohol treatment center in Wilmington NC. We offer affordable outpatient treatment.
Some examples of common items used as inhalants from the NIDA are as follows:
Volatile solvents - liquids that vaporize at room temperature
• Industrial or household products, including paint thinners or removers, degreasers, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline, and lighter fluid
• Art or office supply solvents, including correction fluids, felt-tip marker fluid, electronic contact cleaners, and glue
Aerosols - sprays that contain propellants and solvents
• Household aerosol propellants in items such as spray paints, hair or deodorant sprays, fabric protector sprays, aerosol computer cleaning products, and vegetable oil sprays
Gases—found in household or commercial products and used as medical anesthetics
• Household or commercial products, including butane lighters and propane tanks, whipped cream aerosols or dispensers (whippets), and refrigerant gases
• Medical anesthetics, such as ether, chloroform, halothane, and nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”)
Nitrites - used primarily as sexual enhancers
• Organic nitrites are volatiles that include cyclohexyl, butyl, and amyl nitrites, commonly known as “poppers.” Amyl nitrite is still used in certain diagnostic medical procedures. When marketed for illicit use, organic nitrites are often sold in small brown bottles labeled as “video head cleaner,” “room odorizer,” “leather cleaner,” or “liquid aroma.”
Nitrous in its pure form is perfectly legal to be sold in stores, claiming its use as a cooking supply and isn’t even regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Since corporations, like Starbucks, use nitrous for things like making their own whipped cream in house, it is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. This alone, makes whippits probably one of the easiest drugs to procure; you just have to walk down to your local tobacco store.
Just like with any drug, whippits aren’t worth the toll they take on your body. However, many teens aren’t taught about the dangers of whippits because it isn’t always thought of as a drug that can be abused. Kids and teens are always taught the dangers of other drugs such as heroin or cocaine because there is a bigger chance of addiction; however whippits can be just as fatal, even for a first time user and are even more easily available than other drugs. A spokesman for the NIDA revealed a shocking 719,000 people age 12 or above have tried whippits according to a study done in 2011, with the average age of first time users being 16.
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