It's called huffing/sniffing - inhaling chemical vapors to get high. It's usually associated with teenage drug abuse, but a report suggests that's not really the case. The majority of Americans abusing inhalants are not children but adults, according to a study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That's more than those who used crack or LSD, heroin or PCP.
Long-term inhaling and sniffing can lead to irreversible damage to the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and eyes. Sudden sniffing death, the coalition says, can occur even the first time.
According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, a wide range of common household/office products are abused:
Some tell-tale signs of inhalant abusers:
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