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There are numerous sources of inhalant drugs that most of us are not aware of or are not too careful about. Many household products can be abused as inhalants including hair spray, room deodorizers, non-stick cooking sprays, paint thinners, rugby and even gasoline.

Abusing inhalants can usually cause dizziness, loss of coordination, reduced inhibition and self-control problems. These contribute to dangerous activities that may lead to injuries, criminal activities, and risky behavior. The drug also affects the heart that may cause it to work overtime resulting in rapid or irregular heartbeats. There is also a risk of hearing loss and brain damage. Most longtime inhalant addicts exhibit weakness and fatigue as well as liver and kidney damage.

There are numerous dangerous consequences to abusing inhalant drugs. These drugs contain a high concentration of chemicals that increase the risks of heart failure even after a few minutes of exposure. Overuse of inhalant drugs usually nudge off oxygen in the lungs and may cause suffocation and asphyxiation which are mainly caused by repeated and consistent inhalations. Drug use also produces a damaging and abnormal effect in the electrical discharges that occur in the brain. As a result, there is an increased risk of seizures and convulsions, and in some cases, a coma.

Inhalant addiction is a difficult situation. It is best that we are made aware of the many warning signs of inhalant abuse. Be wary of paraphernalia. Rags, plastic bags, overbuying of deodorizers and other chemical cans are some of the signs. Also, use your nose. Inhalant drugs exhibit a distinct smell that oftentimes sticks to the clothing of the user.