Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)

Inhalants

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"Inhalants" is the name given to a range of common products, such as glue, aerosol containers, and butane, which have the potential to be abused as drugs. As the name suggests, these items are usually abused by concentrating and inhaling the fumes. The length of the high produced by "inhaling" is relatively short, and side effects can include nausea, loss of inhibition, slurred speech, vomiting, and seizures. Inhalants are unique because each and every use holds a potential to be fatal, even the first; this is known as "sudden sniffing death syndrome," or SSDS, and results from an irregular heart rate. SSDS can occur without an "overdose." Because nearly all of the products abused as inhalants can be legally purchased by anyone, regulation and prevention of their abuse is difficult.


Typical Street Names

  • Huff
  • Highball
  • Bang
  • Dust
  • Kick
  • Moon Gas
  • Poor Man's Pot