Inhalants encompass a wide variety of chemicals and substances that are categorized together based on their method of administration: inhalation. People who are unable to control their inhalant use despite knowing the negative consequences and adverse health effects are generally considered to have an addiction.
People who use inhalants on a regular basis over a prolonged period of time can develop a physical and/or psychological dependence on the substance. Even those with an overwhelming desire to stop abusing inhalants may be unable to do so without professional support.
The ready availability and accessibility of inhalants at home and in stores may make it difficult for someone with a severe addiction to quit on their own. People don’t typically think of these products as drugs because they’re not manufactured with the intention for people to get high on them; nonetheless, some individuals use and abuse them for that purpose. Inhalants are most commonly used by children and adolescents.
Inhalants are dangerous, addictive, unstable, and flammable substances that vaporize at room temperature. Inhalants have psychoactive properties and produce short-lived, mind-altering effects. They include products that are easily purchased and found in the home or stores such as spray paints, markers, glues, and cleaning fluids.