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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Addiction to inhalants

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Addiction to inhalants
All too often addiction to inhalants becomes overshadowed by other drugs like meth and crack cocaine. However, inhalants are just as deadly and even scarier, because they are easier to obtain due to the fact many are sold in many retail stores for other purposes. If you live in South Carolina and are suffering from inhalant abuse, or have a loved one suffering see: State Rehab Information - South Carolina

What are inhalants?
Inhalants are a broad range of drugs whose volatile vapors are taken in via the nose and trachea. Most inhalant drugs that are used non-medically are ingredients in household or industrial chemical products that are not intended to be concentrated and inhaled. A small number of recreational inhalant drugs are pharmaceutical products that are used illicitly.
Categories of inhalants - volatile solvents, aerosols, gases, and nitrites

Side effects of using inhalants
Short term adverse side effects of abusing inhalants include dilated pupils, palpitations, breathing difficulties, disorientation, headaches, nausea and a chemical smell on the breath. In extreme cases they can include death from suffocation or heart failure, as well as vivid hallucinations and a tingling sensation in the extremities.

Long term side effects of using inhalants
  • Bone marrow injury
  • Heart damage
  • Lung damage
  • Liver damage and/or cirrhosis
  • Kidney damage
  • nerve cell damage
  • Brain shrinkage
  • Addiction and tolerance

  • Withdrawal
  • severe weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • confusion

  • lack of concentration
  • Poor coordination
  • Irregular or rapid heart palpitations

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Reduced ability to make rational decisions 
  • Dementia

  • Lost sense of touch
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Reproductive complications

Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome:

Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is the result of someone (usually a youth) sniffing inhalants. While it can occur with any variety of Inhalants, it has been reported largely due to the abuse of air conditioning coolant, butane, propane, and the chemicals in some aerosol products as well. Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome can and does result in sudden cardiac arrest. The Inhalant causes the heart to beat rapidly and erratically, thus causing cardiac arrest in the user.

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