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What is inhalant abuse?
Inhalant abuse is the breathing in of poisonous fumes to get high. A number of products can give off these fumes, including:
What are the symptoms of inhalant abuse?
Inhalant abuse is dangerous. Someone who abuses an inhalant may:
Inhalant abuse can also make someone’s heart stop working, and they can die. This is known as sudden sniffing death, which can happen anytime someone abuses an inhalant.
If someone abuses inhalants often, they may become addicted. Regular inhalant abuse can also harm the brain, nerves, kidneys or other organs, or an unborn baby.
What should I do if someone has abused an inhalant?
If someone has been breathing in fumes to get high, be careful not to startle or frighten them. This can give them a rush of adrenaline, which can lead to sudden sniffing death.
Get the person to fresh air and then call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511.
|If someone has passed out or is not breathing, call 911 right away.|
How can I prevent inhalant abuse?
To help prevent inhalant abuse among teens and preteens:
Last Updated: Friday January 13th 2017