Inhalants are a range of products that produce vapours which, when inhaled, may cause the person to feel intoxicated or "high".
Inhalants are depressant drugs. This means that they slow down the activity of the central nervous system and the messages going between the brain and the body. They do not necessarily make a person feel depressed.
Other depressants include alcohol, cannabis, benzodiazepines and heroin.
Glue, gas, sniff, huff, chroming, poppers.
Inhalants come in a variety of forms, such as aerosols, liquids or semi-solids. Some of the most common are:
In some remote communities in Australia, standard unleaded petrol is being replaced by Opal fuel. Opal fuel does not produce a "high" when sniffed; however, it can still have serious effects on a person’s health.
Inhalants can be divided into four main groups:
The drug is inhaled through the nose or mouth. It may be sprayed into a plastic bag, poured into a bottle or soaked onto a cloth or sleeve before being inhaled.
Some drugs are also inhaled directly from the container. Sometimes they are sprayed directly into the mouth or nose. This method is very dangerous because it can cause suffocation.
Last Reviewed: 24 February 2012