Solvents, aerosols, and gases found in household products such as spray paints, markers, glues, and cleaning fluids; also nitrites (e.g., amyl nitrite), which are prescription medications for chest pain.
Street Names: Poppers, snappers, whippets, laughing gas
Common Forms: Paint thinners or removers, degreasers, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline, lighter fluids, correction fluids, permanent markers, electronics cleaners and freeze sprays, glue, spray paint, hair or deodorant sprays, fabric protector sprays, aerosol computer cleaning products, vegetable oil sprays, butane lighters, propane tanks, whipped cream aerosol containers, refrigerant gases, ether, chloroform, halothane, nitrous oxide
Common Ways Taken: Inhaled through the nose or mouth
In Combination with Alcohol: Nitrites: dangerously low blood pressure.
Other Health-related Issues:
Pregnancy: low birth weight, bone problems, delayed behavioral development due to brain problems, altered metabolism and body composition.
Medications: There are no FDA-approved medications to treat inhalant addiction.
Withdrawal Symptoms: Nausea, loss of appetite, sweating, tics, problems sleeping, and mood changes.
Common treatment for inhalant addiction:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Biofeedback & Neurofeedback
Information above is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
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