Solvents & Gases
Solvents and gases are carbon-based inhalants that produce vapor with similar effects to alcohol or anesthetics when inhaled. Common household products include glues, paints, nail polish remover, dry cleaning liquids, and de-greasers.
This type of inhalant can be found in almost any household, which makes it easier for pre-teens and teens to access. When the vapors from these products are inhaled via the nose and mouth, they produce intoxicating effects.
Aerosols too produce gases that have similar affects to alcohol or anesthetics when inhaled. The common household Aerosol products that can be inhaled and abused are insect repellants, hair spray, cooking sprays, and spray deodorants.
Pre-teens are more likely to begin abusing these because they are more readily available than others. Aerosols present the same dangers as other inhalants, and help should be sought immediately if someone is found to be abusing them.
Cleaning Agents or Food Products
Almost every household carries a variety of cleaning supplies and many would never think that they have potential for abuse. However, they most certainly can. Teens and pre-teens are more likely to begin experimenting with cleaning agents such as whipped cream canister, air fresheners, oven cleaner, or almost any other cleaning supply that is in a compressed canister. Cleaning agents are cheap and readily available in almost any household.
Nitrous Oxide (Whip-its)
Nitrous Oxide is laughing-gas but is most popularly known as “Whip-its.” Whip-its are legal in many states, where canisters and refillable cartridges are often sold in smoke-shops or in other locations. Nitrous Oxide has a high potential for abuse and can leave the brain deprived of essential oxygen, resulting in brain damage and nerve damage. Nitrous Oxide is also the same chemical that can be inhaled from whipped cream cans.