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Inhalants

Also known as: Glue-Sniffing, Solvent Abuse, Solvent Inhalation, Solvent Sniffing



What's This?

Some substances, such as glue and paint thinner, give off vapours and fumes. The sniffing of vapours or fumes is known as inhalant abuse.


Inhalant abuse affects the growth and development of muscles, nerves and organs.


If you are an inhalant abuser, normal activities like running and shouting can cause death by heart failure. An inhalant abuser may die from suffocation anytime. This is known as Sudden Sniffing Death. It can happen on the very first time or any other time the abuser sniffs glue.

A photograph of inhalants

Effects & Dangers

  • Permanent damage to brain, liver and kidneys
  • Prone to bleeding and bruises
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in learning and seeing things clearly
  • Loss of control of body
  • Cramps, pains and bad cough

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Anxiety, depression and irritability
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Dizziness, shaking and nausea
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)