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The Danger of Inhalants

25 April 2013
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huffing paint huff sprayAddiction often starts out as children or teens experimenting with various substances. Drugs and alcohol are often the substances of choice that provide a feeling of euphoria. Before long, the young person feels compelled to take the substance again and again, until they are addicted and can’t stop. Addiction to drugs and alcohol often takes individuals by surprise, but it only takes a few experiences for addiction to occur.

Inhaling Substances

Drugs and alcohol are not the only substances teens abuse that cause addiction. Many household substances are also abused that can quickly become addicting. Among them are glues, solvents, paint, and cleaners; all of which are as dangerous as drugs and alcohol. It often starts as some friends looking for something fun and different to do. They can easily get their hands on household products that work as inhalants, and because these items are so available, young people do not know they are dangerous.

Huffing is when the fumes of chemicals are sniffed. This inhaling causes a feeling of euphoria, much like a drug high. One of the dangers is that the person can quickly become addicted to the feeling, and need to huff more and more. Huffing is also dangerous because it can cause sudden death, even the first time it is done. Inhaling substances can also cause convulsions, dizziness, headache, irritability, nausea, and anxiety when done even once. Over time, huffing can cause heart, kidney, brain, and liver damage.

A Hidden Danger

Many young people do not know about the dangers of huffing, because many parents are unaware of this danger right in their own home. Every parent should know that household chemicals can be used to get high in this way, and that huffing is often the first contact young people have with drugs. Over time, this kind of activity can lead to the use of illegal drugs.

It is important for parents and teachers to explain why huffing is dangerous, and find ways to supervise teens better and keep dangerous substances locked away. Parents can also help by having regular talks with their children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other substances, and help their child find constructive ways to spend their time.

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