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Inhalant Drugs

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Tessie Pikula

on 6 May 2010

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Inhalant Drugs Name & Classification Aliphatic Hydrocarbons Aromatic Hydrocarbons Keytones Haloalkanes Nitrites Hydrofluorocarbons, chlorofluorocarbon,
and trichloroethylene Petroleum products:
gasoline, kerosene, butane,
and propane Alkyl Nitrites and Nitrous Oxide Toluene & xylene Acetone (nail polish remover) Slang for Alkyls:
aroma of men
locker room

How to Use Holding an inhalant-soaked rag in the mouth is called huffing Inhaling from a plastic bag is called bagging Inhaling from the container is called sniffing or snorting What Happens Smooth muscles relax
Blood vessels expand (coronary vasodilation)
Heartrate and blood flow increases
Immediate Effects nausea
feeling and looking tired
bad breath
lack of coordination
loss of appetite
lack of judgment Long-term Effects weight loss
electrolyte (salt) imbalance
muscle fatigue
permanent damage to the nervous system (reduced mental/physical capabilities)
damage to the liver, kidneys, blood, and bone marrow Nitrous Oxide:
Laughing Gas History of Alkyls:
Amyl Nitrite was discovered in 1867
Used for anesthetics
Amyl Nitrite-->Butyl Nitrite-->Isobutyl Nitrite-->Isoamyl Nitrite
History of Nitrous Oxide:
Discovered in 1772
Used as an anesthetic to relieve pain (toothaches, etc.) Reaction with Neurotransmitters User Population Popular in the gay community
Primary population that use
inhalants are between 12 and 17.
Where to find them All around the house
Or purchased in stores Inhalant drugs are very cheap, which
is the main reason why the majority
population that uses it are younger. Cost How Users Feel It feels like being drunk with dizziness
Can't think straight Risk of Dependency Risk of addiction isn't very high
Unless one continues to use inhalants regularly, they can develop a tolerance of the drug, and therefore intake greater amounts to get high Treatment Best chance of finding treatment is going to a rehab centers,
councling, and therapy. Pros and Cons Of
Legalizing Con: Abuse rate of the substance will highly increase
Pro: Less law charges
Con: More damage to our teenage community
Pro: Price can be risen Charges on Inhalants April 15,2010: In Wisconsin police arrested 43-year old after she was found with duster cans at a local hotel. She was charged with an 8-month stretch in jail
Charges vary if the inhalant is abused depending on the damage caused or harm to others. Steve-O's Story:
I haven’t mentioned nitrous oxide, the drug I
"fiend" for, by far, the most. I used to inhale this
gas by the cartridge, specifically, by the case (a
case containing 600 cartridges). I would call a taxi
to come bring me, to pick up a case, and be searching
under my mattress for cartridges while awaiting its
arrival. When it did arrive, I would bring my
cartridge dispenser in the taxi and be dispensing the
gas into my lungs for the entire ride home from the
pick-up. When I say that I feel I was chosen by
Guardian Angels, I say that quite literally. I had a
number of not-at-all-subtle experiences that indicated
to me that I had to give up the nitrous oxide, and
did, six months ago.
Repeated exposure to an abused inhalant toluene alters levels of neurotransmitters and generates peroxynitrite in nigrostriate. Inhalants damage the myelin, which is the insulation of neurons. The End
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