An abused inhalant is a substance that is typically not intended for inhalation but is instead inhaled for its psychoactive effects. Inhalants are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled, causing a rapid onset of psychoactive effects. These substances can include household items such as glue, paint thinner, gasoline, and aerosol sprays.
Inhaling these substances can cause a range of effects, from mild stimulation to euphoria, to more severe effects such as hallucinations, delusions, and even unconsciousness. The effects of inhaled substances can also be unpredictable, and can vary depending on the individual, the substance, and the amount inhaled.
Repeated inhalation of abused inhalants can have significant negative health effects, including damage to the brain, liver, and kidneys, as well as respiratory problems, and heart failure. Additionally, inhalant abuse can be fatal due to the potential for suffocation or sudden cardiac arrest.
Abused inhalants are typically found among adolescents and young adults, often as a result of peer pressure or experimentation. Treatment for inhalant abuse typically involves counseling and therapy, as well as addressing any underlying mental health issues. In severe cases, medical intervention may be necessary to address the physical effects of inhalant abuse.