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National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020) DrugFacts: Inhalants. Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Although other substances that are misused can be inhaled, the term inhalants refers to the various substances that people typically take only by inhaling. These substances include:

  • solvents (liquids that become gas at room temperature)
  • aerosol sprays
  • gases
  • nitrites (prescription medicines for chest pain)

Inhalants are various products easily bought and found in the home or workplace—such as spray paints, markers, glues, and cleaning fluids. They contain dangerous substances that have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties when inhaled. People don't typically think of these products as drugs because they're not intended for getting high, but some people use them for that purpose. When these substances are used for getting high, they are called inhalants. Inhalants are mostly used by young kids and teens and are the only class of substance used more by younger than by older teens.

Item Type
FactSheet
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Web Resource
Drug Type
Inhalents and solvents
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Harm reduction
Source
Date
April 2020
Pages
3 p.
Publisher
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Corporate Creators
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Place of Publication
Bethesda, MD
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Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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