Inhalant Abuse Prevention

Inhalants can have damaging and even disastrous effects on the heart, kidney, brain, liver, bone marrow, and other organs. Inhalant users can also suffer from Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome, heart or lung failure, asphyxiation, and paralysis of breathing mechanisms, which can occur the first time an inhalant is used. Inhalants are physically and psychologically addicting and users will suffer withdrawal symptoms while not using inhalants.

Inhalant Abuse Prevention Tips

  • It is never too early to teach children about the dangers of inhalant use.
  • Be aware of the signs of use: paint or stains on the body or clothing, loss of appetite or nausea, a chemical breath odor, spots or sores around the mouth and/or nose, red or runny eyes or nose, anxiety, or a drunk and dazed appearance.
  • Know what items in your home could be used as inhalants and monitor their use.
  • If you suspect your child or someone you know is an inhalant abuser, seek
    professional help immediately.
  • If you find your child unconscious or you suspect your child is under the influence of an inhalant:
    • Call 911 immediately.
    • Keep your child calm to reduce cardiac stress.
    • Try to determine the source of the inhalant so the medical professionals
      can help more quickly.

For information about National Inhalant Prevention Awareness click here.

Download the printable Inhalant Abuse Prevention tip card

If you suspect your child might be abusing inhalants, call your poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 or the 1-800 number on the label of the product.