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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Facts about Solvents,

Solvents, volatile substances that can be inhaled, such as glue, nail polish remover, paints, hair spray, and lighter fuel (gas.
Inhalant drugs are often used by children, teenagers, incarcerated or institutionalized people, and impoverished people, because these solvents and gases are ingredients in hundreds of legally available, inexpensive products.
Inhalant users inhale vapors or aerosol propellant gases using plastic bags held over the mouth or by breathing from a solvent-soaked rag or an open container. The intoxication effects occur so quickly that the effects of inhalation can resemble the intensity of effects produced by intravenous injection of other psychoactive drugs.
The effects of inhalants range from an alcohol-like intoxication and intense euphoria to vivid hallucinations, depending on the substance and the dosage.
In addition to that deliberately inhaling solvents from an attached paper or plastic bag or in a closed area greatly increases the chances of suffocation, other side-effects include: pneumonia, cardiac failure or arrest, aspiration of vomit, liver and kidney damage, blood-oxygen depletion, hearing loss, limb spasms, and damage to the central nervous system and brain.
Female inhalant users who are pregnant may have adverse effects on the fetus, and the baby may be smaller when it is born and may need additional health care (similar to those seen with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. There is also some evidence of birth defects and disabilities in babies born to women who sniffed solvents such as gasoline.

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