Huffing Addiction!! Don't Let That Inhalant Be the Last Breath You Inhale

Huffing Addiction!! Don't Let That Inhalant Be the Last Breath You Inhale

Still Huffing Chemicals, Toxic Gasses and Fumes? The Risks You Could Expect Next!

It's scary to think in 2010 we still have young people abusing inhalants. For many adolescents and young people today, inhaling or 'huffing' fumes to get buzzed or high is their dangerous drug of choice. They're easily found, cheap and they produce the euphoric high that they're looking for.

Young people aren't the only ones that inhale fumes though, plenty of adults do too. Not only do they put their own lives at risk, many innocent people have died in car crashes due to inhalant abusers driving under the influence. Huffing inhalants may be done for a buzz but in the end, there is also a consequence when there's prolonged and repeated drug abuse. For those who may want to try huffing for the first time and for those individuals that plan on continuing abusing inhalants, the following will outline the effects associated with inhalant abuse.

What you may experience next

Toluene is found in spray paints, glue, wax removers, and fingernail polish. Repeated abuse can lead to:

  • Hearing loss
  • Brain damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Heart failure
  • Possible death



Trichloroethylene is found in cleaning fluid and correction fluid. Repeated abuse can lead to:

  • Loss of hearing
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Heart failure
  • Possible death



Hexane is found in glue and gasoline. Repeated abuse can lead to:

  • Limb spasms
  • Blackouts
  • Heart failure
  • Possible death



Benzene is found in gasoline. Abuse can cause:

  • Bone marrow injury
  • Increased risk of leukemia
  • Reproductive system toxicity
  • Possible death



Nitrous Oxide is found in whipped cream dispensers and gas cylinders. Repeated abuse can lead to:

  • Heart failure and possible death
  • Bone marrow damage



Freon is used as a refrigerant and aerosol propellant. Abuse can cause:

  • Sudden sniffing death syndrome
  • Liver damage
  • Respiratory obstruction
  • Death



This is caused from suddenly cooling your airway passages.

Butane gas which is found in cigarette lighters and refills makes your heart beat rapidly and affects your heart rhythm, this can lead to death.

Inhaling Nitrites not only makes your heart beat faster it enlarges your blood vessels. Nitrite abuse can also cause headaches and dizziness. Many adults abuse nitrites because it enhances sexual pleasure and performance. It's not worth it if it affects your heart.

You need to understand this if nothing else, prolonged sniffing or huffing (however you want to phrase it) inhalants and chemicals can cause irregular and rapid rhythms of the heart and can lead to heart failure and death WITHIN MINUTES. This is known as 'sudden sniffing death' and is especially a risk when abusing butane, propane, and aerosol chemicals. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter what age you are, no one knows how their heart will react so this is a huge risk to take that isn't worth the "Buzz". Another cause of death due to abusing inhalants is 'death by suffocation' when breathing in high concentrations of inhalants. This means that the toxic vapor levels you are inhaling are so high that it actually takes the place of your own oxygen in your lungs and brain and causes your breathing to stop. Using bags to inhale toxic vapors or inhaling fumes while in small closed in areas increases this risk.

The Risks You Take When 'Buzzed' From Abusing Inhalants

  1. You can die from choking on your own vomit.
  2. Convulsions or seizures can occur due to abnormal electrical discharges in the brain.
  3. Coma can occur because your brain shuts down everything but your most vital organs.

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Severe nausea
  • Extreme sweating
  • Hand tremors
  • Delirium tremens (sudden severe mental or neurological changes)
  • Painful muscle cramps
  • Severe headaches
  • Chills


Inhalants are extremely toxic to your organs. Repeated abuse can cause major damage to your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, nervous system, and brain. Certain parts of your brain that control movement, vision, hearing and cognition can also be damaged while abusing inhalants.

Abusing and sniffing inhalants is still going on today even though many people understand the risks involved. SAMHSA which stands for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, recently put out a warning stating that Keyboard cleaner is becoming extremely popular among individuals that abuse inhalants. This is known as 'dusting' to those that abuse this chemical. This isn't just canned air like many people think, it contains compressed gas and is extremely deadly.

Are Inhalants Addictive

Many people question whether or not inhalants are addictive. For many people, after sniffing inhalants for a while they have an extreme compulsive need to continue abusing them. A compulsive urge to continue this abuse of inhalants leads me to think they have to be addictive. There are also withdrawal symptoms that occur in many individuals. The dangerous effects that are associated with huffing are scary enough let alone the fact that thousands of people have died from abusing them. Ask yourself; is the 'high' you're looking for worth all the risks?

On May 12th of this year (2010) 2 lives were lost in Virginia due to inhalant abuse. Difluroethane was found in the bloodstream of a young man that apparently lost consciousness while driving and struck another vehicle head-on. There was a 71 year old passenger in the car that was struck and she died at the scene. The young man responsible for the accident also died. Based on the evidence that was found at the crash scene and the chemical found in the young man's bloodstream, it was pretty clear he must have passed out and lost consciousness.

Difluroethane is a color-less gas that is used as a refrigerant. This chemical is also found in some cleaning products used for electronics. Abusing this chemical is referred to as huffing Duster and is responsible for many fatal crashes and deaths. A young 15 year old lost his life due to huffing gasoline because it was a cheap and quick high. This bright, young, athletic student discovered an inexpensive way to get high and sadly it resulted in his death. According to the news article, “7 minutes of inhaling does as much damage to your liver as seven years of drinking". Some of the 15 year olds friends said they had been doing it for about 3 months.

Huffing Addiction Video

Family Talks Of Teen's Tragic Huffing Death

Many parents and adults don't realize how popular this type of substance abuse and addiction is. These types of chemicals, gasses, and vapors are in every home, so parents please be aware! No one wants their life to end this way and no parent should ever have to lose their child to drug abuse of any kind. Our hearts go out to anyone that ever has. Inhalant abuse doesn't have to end in tragedy, there is something you can do for yourself or someone you know who is suffering through this addiction.

Professional Detoxification Treatment is extremely important at this point because withdrawal symptoms associated with inhalant abuse could be severe. Many times this along with therapy will decrease your chance of relapse. You may need to find a professional drug intervention program that will guide you through the steps necessary to help your loved one see their addiction and their need for treatment.

Follow up Drug Treatment is very critical after inhalant detox, depending on how long inhalants were abused and how severe the addiction may be. Professional drug addiction treatment and counseling is extremely important at this point for the individual. Studies have proven there is a higher success rate for people fighting drug addiction when therapy is included. Any person dealing with inhalant abuse, drug addiction, or substance abuse not only needs drug addiction treatment they also need family support, support from friends, professional counseling or therapy. If you're unsure of where to go next, please call 1-800-559-9503. Life is precious and so are you!

Websites used in article
NIDA Inhalant Abuse
NIDA for Teens

Topic Discussion

  1. Addict

    I think what you do is very helpful.

  2. Addict

    I lost a beautiful 34 year old daughter to huffing. She left behind two daughters 9 and 11. She went to rehabs and halfway houses but they were not familiar with huffing. I miss her every day.

    • Addict

      I just found out my nephew has been huffing gas . I was wondering if you could email me at [email protected]

      • Addict

        He needs counseling.He shouls be made aware that this is deadly.Not all counselors are experienced with huffing.I'm a recovering addict and did the same thing.Huffed Gas.High test -It smelled sweeter and had more kick to it. Lord save me.Not to mention the danger of blowing yourself up from lighting a cigarette.You have to approach him with gentle kindness and that you love and care for him.Find the proper counselor for this

  3. Addict

    Can you get high on inhaling breath spray and what are the effects of inhaling ether and cloraform to get high

  4. Addict

    Can inhaling breath spray in a baggie plastic make you high and what are the effects of inhaling ether and cloraform in a paint mask to get high

  5. Addict

    Can you get high from inhaling breath spray in a plastic baggie and what are the effects. of inhaling ether and cloraform in a paint mask

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