Inhalants cover a wide range of products, including solvents, aerosols, gases and nitrates. When inhaled, they give you a feeling similar to being drunk, but are much more dangerous than drinking alcohol.
There are many volatile substances that can be used as inhalants, and they’re all pretty risky. Some of the most common ones include:
- Aerosol spray cans
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
ALSO KNOWN AS
Glue, chrome, chroming, paint sniffing, huff, sniff, gas, poppers, laughing gas, bulbs, nitro and amyl.
THE EFFECTS + THE RISKS
If you’re high on inhalants, you’ll most likely feel dizzy, drunk, find it hard to think straight, get the giggles and experience hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there). They can also make you feel relaxed as they slow everything down, including your heartbeat. Because they relax your muscles, you might fall over and sometimes even blackout all together. The high can last up to about 45 minutes and can leave you feeling sick, tired and often with a giant headache.
Long term inhalant use can put you at risk of heaps of health problems like:
- brain damage (toxic chemicals may make people become slow or clumsy, have trouble solving problems or planning ahead, suffer from memory loss, or become unable to learn new things)
- muscle weakness
- headaches and nosebleeds
- loss of sense of smell or hearing
It’s easy to get hooked on chroming, as the products are so accessible. You can also feel so terrible when you’re coming off the drug, taking more seems like a good option. Inhalants can cause you to lose control of your body, which means you can fall and injure yourself. There’s also a risk of suffocation from using inhalants, which can result in sudden death. It’s a cheap high but also a really dangerous one.
Some Australian states, communities and territories have passed laws making chroming or supplying products related to chroming illegal. However in much of the country, products that can be used as inhalants are legal to buy. A shop owner has the right to refuse a sale if they believe the product will be used for inhaling.
HELP WITH INHALANTS
If you or someone you know has a problem with inhalants, talk to someone. You can call us on our 24 hour free YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685