are inhalants used?
Healthcare professionals, teachers
and parents have difficulty understanding the appeal of inhalants to youths. The
following are some of the reasons they have been found to be appealing:
- A rapid onset of effect.
A "high" is reached within a few minutes of inhaling, much quicker
than an alcohol induced high. Youths often want instant gratification and
inhalants provide this.
- Quality and pattern
of the high. Abusers describe effects such as euphoria, giddiness, and
lightheadedness. Some users experience a surge of creativity; others describe
feelings of excitement.
- Low cost. According to Hocaoglu (2005) Many who abuse inhalants have limited
incomes or are children who do not have the financial means to purchase other
- Easy to conceal.
Youths frequently carry the product they abuse with them, often for use in
the classroom or at social functions. Parents unfamiliarity with the
abuse potential of inhalants contributes to their attractiveness for youngsters.
They are easy to conceal from parents, there are no dealers, no paraphernalia,
no needles or track marks; just a small container of frequently used products
such as nail polish.
- Legality. Purchase and possession of these substances are not restricted or illegal
in most areas. Some states have laws that prohibit the inhalation of these products
in public places.
- Easily available.
Inhalants are different from other drugs in that they are not
sold illegally on street corners, parking lots and malls. They are available
in our homes. Inhalants can also be purchased in numerous retail stores and sometimes
are shoplifted or used in retail stores, without purchasing.
Inhalants are in
many rooms in our homes, The National Institute of Drug Abuse (2005) provides
a site to explore rooms in homes that contain inhalants. Go to their web site . Click on (Visit the Antidrug.com’s virtual inhalants
house for more information). http://www.theantidrug.com/drug_info/drug_info_inhalants_home.asp
high from Inhalants produces a sluggish feeling.