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Gas (Glues, gases and aerosols)

Gas (Glues, gases and aerosols)

Gas (Glues, gases and aerosols)

“Gas” is a term commonly used to refer to glues, gases, and aerosols that are inhaled for their mind-altering effects. This practice is often referred to as “huffing” or “sniffing.” Glues, gases, and aerosols can include various substances such as:

  1. Glues: Certain types of household or industrial glues, including rubber cement, model glue, or glue used for arts and crafts.
  2. Gases: Gases used in household or commercial products, such as butane gas (found in lighters and gas canisters), propane gas, or nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”).
  3. Aerosols: Aerosol sprays that contain solvents, propellants, or other chemicals, such as spray paint, deodorant sprays, or air fresheners.

When these substances are inhaled, the chemicals they contain enter the bloodstream through the lungs, rapidly reaching the brain and producing psychoactive effects. These effects can include feelings of euphoria, dizziness, disorientation, hallucinations, and impaired judgment and coordination.

However, it’s important to note that inhaling glues, gases, and aerosols can be extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening. The chemicals in these substances can cause serious harm to the brain, heart, lungs, and other organs. Short-term effects may include nausea, vomiting, headaches, and loss of consciousness, while long-term use can lead to organ damage, neurological problems, and addiction.

Inhaling glues, gases, and aerosols is illegal in many jurisdictions due to their harmful effects. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse involving glues, gases, or aerosols, it’s important to seek help from a healthcare professional, addiction counsellor, or support organisations that specialize in substance abuse treatment.

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