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Nadine Robinson Assignment II Part B 4/4/16 WHAT? Inhalants are any substance, including aerosols, solvents, gases, and nitrates, that are primarily taken by volatilization, or by inhalation, and not through any other route of administration. While other drugs, such as heroin or marijuana can be abused through inhalation, inhalants are drugs whose vapors are only taken through the nose and trachea and not through any other method. Several products consist of volatile substances that have psychoactive characteristics when inhaled. Inhalants can be obtained easily because many are products found in the workplace or home environments, such as cleaning fluids, spray paints, glues, markers, and paint thinners. While these products are not intended for the purpose of drug abuse, many individuals utilize inhalants in this way. When a person is addicted to inhalants, fumes or vapors are taken in through the nose or mouth in a variety of ways, otherwise known as “huffing”. Inhalant addicts may place a chemically-soaked rag in their mouth, snort or sniff fumes from a dispenser or container, inhale fumes from a plastic or paper bag, or directly spray
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aerosols into their mouth or nose. When used for recreational purposes, addicts consume inhalants for the purpose of achieving a high, though the duration is relatively short. Inhalants function in the body by depressing the central nervous system, inducing effects similar to alcohol such as lack of coordination, dizziness, or slurred speech. An addiction to inhalants can be formed with continued abuse. The effects of an inhalant addiction could be devastating on the health, emotional well being and social life of the person addicted to it. WHO? Inhalants can be abused at any age group across the lifespan. However, people tend to abuse different inhalant products at different ages. These statistics can be helpful in understanding the risks involved with inhalant addiction, new users of inhalants between the ages of 12-15 commonly abuse products such as glue, lighter fluid, spray paints, shoe polish, and gasoline. In the late adolescent age group (ages 16-17), the inhalants most frequently abused are nitrous oxide or “whippets”. Adults have a higher
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