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Adhesives model airplane glue, rubber cement, household glue
Aerosols spray paint, hairspray, air freshener, deodorant, fabric protector
Solvents and gases nail polish remover, paint thinner, type correction fluid and thinner, toxic markers, pure toluene, cigar lighter fluid, gasoline, carburetor cleaner, octane booster
Cleaning agents dry cleaning fluid, spot remover, degreaser
Food products vegetable cooking spray, dessert topping spray (whipped cream), whippets
Gases nitrous oxide, butane, propane, helium


nitrous oxide, ether, chloroform



Nitrite inhalants have been commonly abused substances in the United States. Nitrite inhalants and AIDS was a popular topic in the early 1980s, when the cause of AIDS was not known. With the discovery of HIV, concern about nitrite use in the USA waned. However, nitrite inhalant use is associated with behavioral relapse and HIV transmission among gay men, with decreased lymphocyte counts and natural killer cell activity in a few laboratory studies, and it remains a candidate cofactor in the pathogenesis of AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma. Discouraging nitrite use continues to be a worthwhile public health goal.


Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors that produce psychoactive (mind-altering) effects. A variety of products commonplace in the home and in the workplace contain substances that can be inhaled. Many people do not think of these products, such as spray paints, glues, and cleaning fluids, as drugs because they were never meant to be used to achieve an intoxicating effect. Yet, young children and adolescents can easily obtain them and are among those most likely to abuse these extremely toxic substances. Parents should monitor household products closely to prevent accidental inhalation by very young children. Inhalants fall into the following categories:


Industrial or household solvents or solvent-containing products, including paint thinners or removers, degreasers, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline, and glue.  Art or office supply solvents, including correction fluids, felt-tip-marker fluid, and electronic contact cleaners


Gases used in household or commercial products, including butane lighters and propane tanks, whipping cream aerosols or dispensers (whippets), and refrigerant gases.   Household aerosol propellants and associated solvents in items such as spray paints, hair or deodorant sprays, and fabric protector sprays.   Medical anesthetic gases, such as ether, chloroform, halothane, and nitrous oxide ("laughing gas")


Aliphatic nitrites, including cyclohexyl nitrite, an ingredient found in room odorizers; amyl nitrite, which is used for medical purposes; and butyl nitrite (previously used to manufacture perfumes and antifreeze), which is now an illegal substance.


Air blast, Ames, Amys, Bagging, Boppers, Bullet bolt, buzz bomb, Glading, Highball,  Huff,  Huffer, Huffing, Medusa,
Moon gas, Oz, Pearls, Poor man's pot, Poppers, Rush Snappers, Satan's secret, Shoot the breeze, Snappers, Sniff,
Snorting, Snotballs (Rubber cement rolled into balls, burned and the fumes are inhaled), Texas shoe shine, Whippets, and Whiteout.




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