Other Drugs, Other Addictions
It is unusual that a person will have only one
have been around for
of years; their use has expanded
dramatically in the last 200 years.
Sports drugs are used to heal injuries,
, or to reward athletic
There are unusual substances that are difficult to classify:
drugs/drinks, and nootropics.
Inhalants are used for their
, intoxicating, and less often, slight psychedelic
(hydrocarbons) are found in glues, gasoline, and nail polish remover
, sprayed to produce a foggy mist, are inhaled for their gaseous
Besides volatile hydrocarbons, other abusable volatile organic compounds are esters,
, and glycols.
Volatile nitrites are used as blood vessel dilators (
), for heart problems, as
room fresheners, and as a party drug.
were developed to block pain or induce unconsciousness during
Inhalants are different from other psychoactive drugs in that they are
Inhalants are absorbed through the lungs and into the
, which carries them
to the brain.
Inhalants' intoxicating effects occur within
and last about 30 minutes to 1
hour after exposure has ceased.
, readily available, and widespread; more than 1,500
can be inhaled.
Inhalants have more
effects on body tissues than most other psychoactive
People who abuse inhalants can display strange, erratic, and
A. HISTORY (p. 307)
Our modern version of inhalant abuse began in the late 1700s with the discovery of
, chloroform, and