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Inhalants are breathable, volatile substances with chemical vapors that when inhaled can produce mind-altering effects. Most of these inhalants produce a rapid high that can resemble alcohol intoxication. There are diverse groups of inhalants that can be commonly found in products kept around the home and/or at work.


Volatile solvents are liquids that vaporize at room temperature. They are relatively inexpensive, readily available, and can be found in common industrial or household products. These inhalants can be found in paint thinners, degreasers, felt tip markers, lighter fluid, electronic cleaners, gasoline, and glue.

Aerosols are sprays that contain propellants and solvents. This type of inhalant can be found in spray paints, vegetable oil sprays, computer cleaning products, and hair or deodorant sprays.
Gases are commonly found in medical anesthetics and in household or commercial products. Medical uses are in nitrious oxide, ether, chloroform, and halothane. Other forms of gas can be found in butane lighters and propane tanks, whipping cream containers, and refrigerant gases.

Gases are commonly found in medical anesthetics and in household or commercial products. Medical uses are in nitrious oxide, ether, chloroform, and halothane. Other forms of gas can be found in butane lighters and propane tanks, whipping cream containers, and refrigerant gases.

Nitrites, also commonly known as "poppers", are primarily used as sexual enhancers. This type of inhalant can be found in leather cleaner, liquid aroma, and video head cleaner. Nitrites have been prohibited by the Consumer Product Safety Condition.


Information on this page was retrieved from: The National Institute on Drug Abuse: Inhalants. (http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/inhalants).


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