Know the facts and connect with support to help you address known or suspected substance use with your child.
Inhalants are ordinary household products that are inhaled or sniffed by children and young teens to get high. There are hundreds of household products on the market today that can be misused as inhalants.
Also known as whippets and huff, among other slang terms, common inhalants include certain types of glue, nail polish remover, cleaning fluids, hair spray, gasoline, the propellant in aerosol whipped cream, spray paint, air conditioner fluid (Freon), cooking spray and correction fluid.
Within seconds of inhalation, a person experiences intoxication along with other effects similar to those produced by alcohol.
Signs of use include slurred speech, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion, delirium, nausea and vomiting. If you’re concerned your child may be using inhalants or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.