Huffing, sniffing, dusting and bagging are all known as inhalation. A rag soaked in chemicals and held to the face or stuffed in the mouth is called huffing. Butane, cooking spray, paint, glue, typewriter correction fluid, felt tip markers are just a few products that can be inhaled and can be found in the home, garage, office, school and local convenience stores.
Inhalant abuse and huffing addiction can be very dangerous and has been recently noted to be one of the most abused substances for young people. It is said to be the drug of choice for that age group because it is available and costs very little. Something as simple as a whip cream can is the start of most people’s addiction. Nitrous oxide which is used by dental professionals is another method used in huffing and very easy to obtain. A person can buy a balloon filled with nitrous oxide for five dollars and have a party with guests huffing the inhalant.
Like any other addiction, the huffing addict often needs to enter a drug treatment facility because this type of addiction is very severe and overdosing and or death is possible with every huff. With crack or alcohol, the addict has to work up to an overdose. With this drug of choice, the next use could be your last. If enough inhalant is used, it can prevent the person’s lungs from getting enough air and suffocate them and possibly cause a cardiac arrest. As the user becomes familiar with the inhalant, he or she requires more and more.
Huffing addiction can have as much if not more of a detrimental effect on the brain than crystal methamphetamines. Side affects from huffing are some of the worst affects because the chemicals are all synthetic.
Side effects are:
Damage to internal organs
Permanent damage to the central nervous system
Inability to focus or concentrate
Impaired coordination, vision, and judgment
Huffing addiction is serious and will lead to other hard core drug use such as heroin or crack.