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Q. A young boy in our town recently died from inhalant use. I was shocked but my kids  were not surprised. I vaguely remember being cautioned not to "sniff" glue as a kid. What's new?


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A.  Inhalant use has declined in the past few years but levels of use still remain significantly higher than they were a decade ago. The easy availability of the abused substances makes these drugs appealing to younger children (more 8th graders report having used inhalants than 12th graders). 

Inhalants can be breathed in through the nose or the mouth in a variety of ways, such as: 

  • "Sniffing" or "snorting fumes from containers;
  • Spraying aerosols directly into the nose or mouth;
  • "Bagging" - sniffing or inhaling fumes from substances sprayed   or deposited inside a plastic or paper bag; 
  • "Huffing" from an inhalant-soaked rag stuffed in the mouth; and
  • Inhaling from balloons filled with nitrous oxide.

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Last Updated 05.20.2002 | Email Parenting is Prevention | Privacy Policy