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Inhalants are the number one substance abused by those that are 14 years or younger.

Inhalants are defined as breathing in poisonous chemicals that produce psychoactive (mind-altering) vapors that are classified into four major categories: Solvents and Gases, Adhesives, Aerosols and Food Products, and Nitrates. The chemicals people inhale in order to get high are poisonous and can make you very sick.

Inhalants will change the way people think and act. Inhalants can make people angry or moody. People high on inhalants are more likely to get into a serious accident.

Inhaling is against the law and in most places is illegal to sell or give inhalants to kids. People who inhale will be fined or go to jail. Inhalants are addictive and once hooked, it can be hard to quit and the more people use, the more damage they do to their bodies. 


  • One in five students in America has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she reaches the 8th grade.
  • Inhalants damage the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys.
  • Inhalants starve your brain and body of oxygen. It can damage vital parts of the brain that can result in memory loss, learning problems, loss of coordination, and slurred speech.
  • Inhaling can even cause brain cancer so severe that you may never walk or talk again.
  • Inhalants pass through the lungs and quickly enter the bloodstream. Chemicals reach the brain within seconds





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