Dangerous Side Effects are Associated with Inhalants
Inhalants are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and give the user a high within seconds. The immediate effects are similar to those of alcohol; they can include slurred speech, dizziness, and euphoria. Other effects include lightheadedness and hallucinations.
These effects last only a short time, and users may try to make their high last longer by using more inhalants. This dangerous practice can cause users to lose consciousness, or worse. The concentrated chemicals in these products can cause rapid or irregular heart rate or even lead to fatal heart failure. Other dangerous effects can include:
- Asphyxiation or suffocation
- Convulsions or seizures
Call the Missouri Poison Center if You Suspect that Someone You Know is Abusing Inhalants
If you or someone close to you is abusing an inhalant, or if you have questions about these types of drugs, call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Our specially trained nurses, pharmacists, and medical toxicologist can give you potentially life-saving information.