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Volatile substances (Glues, gases and aerosols)

Volatile substances (Glues, gases and aerosols)

Volatile substances (Glues, gases and aerosols)

Volatile substances, often referred to as “glues, gases, and aerosols” (GGAs), are a group of chemicals that produce mind-altering effects when inhaled. These substances are typically common household products and industrial chemicals that are not intended for recreational use. Inhalation of volatile substances for their psychoactive effects is sometimes referred to as “huffing” or “sniffing.”

Examples of volatile substances include glue, paint thinner, gasoline, aerosol sprays (such as deodorants, air fresheners, and spray paint), and certain gases (such as butane or nitrous oxide). These substances contain volatile chemical compounds that vaporise at room temperature, allowing them to be inhaled.

When inhaled, volatile substances can have various short-term effects, including feelings of euphoria, relaxation, dizziness, disorientation, and altered perception. However, the use of volatile substances for their psychoactive effects can be extremely dangerous and carries significant risks.

Inhalation of volatile substances can cause serious health consequences, including damage to the brain, liver, kidneys, lungs, and other organs. It can lead to oxygen deprivation, asphyxiation, cardiac arrest, seizures, coma, and even death. The chemicals in these substances can also be highly flammable or explosive, posing additional risks.

Furthermore, volatile substance abuse can be addictive, leading to tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. It can also have a negative impact on mental health, cognitive function, and overall well-being.

It is important to note that the non-medical use of volatile substances is illegal and strongly discouraged due to the associated health risks. If you or someone you know is struggling with volatile substance abuse, it is crucial to seek help from a healthcare professional, addiction specialist, or a local support service. They can provide appropriate guidance, support, and treatment options tailored to the specific needs of the individual.

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