Amyl nitrate, butyl nitrate, nitrous oxide, propane, butane, glue and paint are all inhalants that can be abused by "huffing" or inhaling them. According to Boston's Medical Foundation, the use of inhalants by young teenagers is on the rise. Because of the easy availability of these common products, this new wave of drug use is reaching epidemic proportions. The latest statistics involving seventh and eighth graders in Massachusetts shows that one in four of them have already used inhalants!
The use of inhalants causes many problems both short and long term. Immediate effects include relaxation of sphincter muscles and lowered blood pressure. Long term usage can cause headaches, dizziness, accelerated heart rate, nausea, loss of erection, hallucinations, liver, kidney, bone-marrow and brain damage, and death. There is also a high psychological addiction rate with the use of inhalants.
The effects of "huffing" are serious and deadly. Even brief experimentations can cause brain damage and death. Don't gamble with your life and health.
If you would like to speak with someone regarding inhalants or other drug use, contact the Student Health Service at ext. 4991 or the Counseling Center at ext. 4331.