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Inhalant abuse

Inhalant Abuse

Inhalant abuse1

Inhalant Abuse

  • I got to break this habitbefore it breaks meIt’s going to can’t you seeI’m clutching my curewhich is airI need helpbut you just don’t careI’ve failedI breathe deepinto the heavy fumesMy brain falls asleepBlood falls from my nosemy head starts to achI need helpI’m starting to break

Silent epidemic

Silent Epidemic?

Young adults and kids know of this fad, but many parents are in the dark about it.

What is huffing

What is huffing?

  • Huffing (sometimes called sniffing, bagging or dusting)

    • Is the deliberate inhalation of toxic gases, vapors or fumes in order to become intoxicated, possibly to the point of unconsciousness.

    • Many huffers will spray aerosol chemicals such as enamel paint or solvents into a paper bag and then inhale the vapors through their noses and mouths.

  • The 3rd most abused substance by teenagers

What do you know

What do you know?

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Who is doing it

Who is doing it?

  • approximately 2 million young people ages 12 to 17 have used an inhalant

  • Approximately 70% who initiated abuse were white

    • 17.6% Latino

    • 7.3% African American

  • Teenagers from higher income families

The face of huffing

The Face Of Huffing

Why is this a problem

Why is this a problem?

Short term effects

Long term effects

  • Dizziness 

  • Nausea/vomiting 

  • Delusions 

  • Hallucinations 

  • Loss of inhibitions 

  • Impaired judgment

  • Cardiac arrest 

  • Suffocation - due to decreased levels of oxygen 

  • Choking - can choke on vomit 

  • Brain damage - caused by lack of oxygen to the brain 

  • Muscle damage 

  • Bone marrow damage - reduces formation of blood cells 

  • Cancer - some toxins are carcinogens 

  • Other forms of drug abuse

Inhalant abuse

  • It is NOT HARMLESS FUN!! You can die the 1st, the 10th, or the 100th time you huff.

    • 39% of Huffing related deaths occurred after the users very first time

  • Young adults and kids don't see them as dangerous because they are in their own homes.

Warning signs

Warning signs

Apparent drunkenness

Chemical odors from breath, clothing or child's room

Clothes soaked with chemicals

Hidden empty spray paint or solvent containers

Hidden rags soaked with chemicals

Irritability, social withdrawal and depression

Loss of appetite

Nausea and vomiting

Paint stains on the hands, face and clothes

Red or runny nose

Sores and rashes around the mouth and nose.

Ways to integrate health education with content

Ways to integrate Health Education With Content

  • High School English

    • Instructors can give the students an article on Huffing to test for reading comprehension.

    • Or students could write reports on huffing.



The instructor can discuss Huffing and its affects on the circulatory system.

The instructor can also introduce the health statistics and dangers of Huffing to the circulatory and nervous systems.

Music appreciation or film

Music Appreciation or Film

  • Students could write their own lyrics or do presentations about bands/movies with huffing undertones. Or, Create their own presentations.

Other ways to incorporate into your lesson

Other ways to incorporate into your lesson

  • You can incorporate discussions about inhalants in many subjects. Here are just a few ideas.

    • Art (posters, cartoon development, bookmarks, book covers, etc.)

    • Language Arts (Expressing feelings, discussing “bad” things, developing interviewing skills, phone help line conversations, mime, saying no, writing skills)

    • Social Studies (family structure, expressing opinions, data research and graphing)

    • Science (effects of alcohol in the body, ratio and proportions, impact of drugs on the body)

    • Home Economics (Safety issues, toxic substances, poisons)

    • Music (lyric writing, research on musicians and drugs)

    • Physical Education/Health (exercise and the body - healthy lungs, heart, brain, etc.; athletes and drugs)

What standards are we adressing

What Standards are we adressing?

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs #1-8

    • For example,

      • 1.2A: Explain the impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use on brain chemistry, brain function, and other behavior.

      • 5.1A: Use a decision-making process to evaluate how the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs affects individuals, families, and society



For those in the Riverside area  (riverside area behavioral health)

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition Number 1- 800 269 4237

Inhalant abuse


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