With more than 1,400 products that are potentially dangerous when inhaled, abusers access to these substances is made easy. Chemicals such as typewriter correction fluid, air conditioning coolant, gasoline, propane, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, butane, cooking spray, paint, and glue. Most are common products that can be found in the home, garage, office, school or as close as the local convenience store.



Also referred to as huffing, sniffing, dusting or bagging, abusers use these drugs through the mouth or nose. Huffing is when a chemically soaked rag is held to the face or stuffed in the mouth and the substance is inhaled. Sniffing can be done directly from containers, plastic bags, clothing or rags saturated with a substance or from the product directly. With Bagging, substances are sprayed or deposited into a plastic or paper bag and the vapors are inhaled.

Short-Term Effects of Inhalants


• headaches

• muscle weakness

• abdominal pain

• severe mood swings

• violent behavior

• belligerence

• slurred speech

• numbness

• tingling of hands and feet

• nausea

• hearing loss

• depressed reflexes

• stupor

• loss of consciousness

• limb spasms

• fatigue

• lack of coordination

• apathy

• impaired judgment

• dizziness

• lethargy

• visual disturbances

Long-Term Effects of Inhalants:


• weight loss

• muscle weakness

• disorientation

• inattentiveness

• lack of coordination

• irritability

• depression

• liver damage

• kidney damage

• hearing loss

• limb spasms

• bone marrow

• central nervous system (including brain) damage

• death