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Drugs End All Dreams

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"Inhalants"

toxic chemical vapors that are used by sniffing, huffing, and/or inhaling that damages the brain and could be fatal

Facts

  • There are 4 types of inhalants: liquids, solvents, gases, and nitrates.
  • Every day household items could be used as inhalants.
  • Cleaning products, glues, lighter fluids, glues, paint thinners, and aerosol sprays are examples.
  • The effect after using an intake of an inhalant could be a "high" feeling that lasts only a few minutes.
  • "Inhaling concentrated amounts of these chemicals can cause heart failure, suffocation, convulsions, seizures, and coma." (National Institute on Drug Abuse. Inhalants)
  • The long-term effects could go into the bloodstream disturbing the brain and other functions of the body.
Inhaling Expo markers could one the "high" feeling but only for a few minutes, therefore taking in the toxic fumes multiple times. This could result in damaging functions in the brain and throughout the body.

Statistics

  • In 2002-2006, a survey showed that 593,000 teens used inhalants for the first time.
  • A national survey showed in 2003-2004, 2.5% of fourth graders had used inhalants at least once
  • 40 deaths were linked to inhalant abuse in the year of 2002 in the US
  • A 2016 study shows the trend of prevalence inhalants for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in percentile. In the past year out of all of them, the 8th graders had a 3.80%.
  • Another related study took place in 2016 revealing prevalence of the inhalants of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in their lifetime. In this study it shows 12th with 5.00%, 10th with 6.60% and 8th graders with 7.70%/

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Huffing in these toxic chemicals could cause one to have muscle weakness as well as nerve damage.

Long term effects of abusing inhalants would be shakiness, loss of smell, pallor, hostility, and addiction. If they aren't sniffing, huffing, inhaling a bag of nitrous oxide, they are most likely thinking of suicidal thoughts or wanting another hit.

Inhalants could affect someone to be confused often, have inattentiveness. Because of how damaging the chemicals can be the drug cold cause brain degration.

The body would respond to these chemicals by forming rashes on the area where the mouth and nose lay.

Another effect inhalants have on the brain would have the user being depressed often and a lack of coordination which often causes the drug user to be irritated most of the time.

A inhalant drug abuser would experience nose bleeds time to time because of how toxic the chemicals are and how the body can't handle them.

What you'd might see if their brain was given an x-ray of how the brain activity decreases and how the size is smaller compared to a healthy, unimpaired brain.

Street names

  • laughing gas
  • snappers
  • poppers
  • moon gas
  • medusa
  • Hiagra in a bottle
  • whippets
  • bold
  • quick sliver
  • rush
  • poor man's pot
  • air blast
NOT SO FUN FACT: In concerts, the audience would be either intoxicated or on some drug while ejoying the concert. One of them included inhalants.

Conclusion

In my opinion inhalants are dangerous chemicals using bottle covers and lemon scented cleaning sprayers as a disguise. Inhalants are fumes that come from everyday products that are used incorrectly to achieve a "high" feeling. Anyone can abuse inhalants no matter if they're in high school, work full time or is currently in 8th grade. Overall, inhalants are a word that can be full to its meaning once someone misuses it.

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