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Inhalants” is a term used to describe a group of substances that are rarely, if ever, used through a method other than inhalation. Typically, they are chemical compounds found in common household products that, when inhaled, produce vapors with a psychoactive or mind-altering effect.

There are four main categories of inhalants:

  • Solvents: Liquids that vaporize at room temperature; examples include paint thinners, gasoline, glue, dry-cleaning fluid, and markers
  • Aerosols: Sprays that contain solvents and propellants; examples include hair spray, cooking spray, deodorant, spray paint, and fabric spray
  • Gases: Medical anesthetics and other commercial and household goods that contain gas; examples include chloroform, nitrous oxide, butane lighters, propane tanks, and gases found in whipped cream dispensers
  • Nitrates: Prohibited inhalants that work differently than the others, dilating blood vessels and relaxing muscles instead of impacting the central nervous system; nitrates can still be found in some room odorizers and leather cleaners

Inhalants can be extremely dangerous and it is recommended that treatment is sought immediately upon discovery of use.

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