Inhalants (or solvents) refer to commonly found substances which are misused by inhaling the vapours of the substance. The fumes or vapour of the substances create an intoxication or ‘high’.
Examples of inhalants include aerosols, paint, glue, cleaning products, gas, fuel, pens or markers.
The effect of inhalants are felt quickly, but don’t last very long.
As a depressant drug, inhalants slow down the body’s functions.
Other nicknames for inhalants include: glue, gas, sniff, huff, poppers, chroming, bagging, rush, snappers.
The list of effects on this website are not definitive or exhaustive.
The short term/immediate effects of inhalants can include:
The long term effects of inhalants can include:
Drug use can have a range of social consequences and can have impact not only on an individual, but also their relationships and their work or study. Drug use can cause financial issues, family problems and can also have legal consequences.
If you are concerned about your own or another person’s drug use we encourage you to seek professional help and assistance.
There are always risks associated with drug use. No use at all is the safest option.
If you suspect an overdose call triple zero (000) immediately.
In an emergency or crisis situation always call triple zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance and follow instructions.