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Gases, Glues and Aerosols

Solvents cover a huge number of substances: gas lighter refills, aerosols containing hairspray, deodorants and air fresheners, tins or tubes of glue, some paints, thinners and correcting fluids, cleaning fluids, surgical spirit, dry-cleaning fluids and petroleum products. When inhaled, solvents have a similar effect to alcohol. They make people feel uninhibited, euphoric and dizzy.

Slang: Thinners, volatile substances.

The Risks

• People can experience vomiting and blackouts.
• There's a risk of fatal heart problems which have been known to kill users the very first time they sniff
• Squirting gas products down the throat is a particularly dangerous way of taking the drug. It can make your throat swell so you cant breathe and slows down your heart.
• You risk suffocation if you inhale from a plastic bag over your head.
• Sniffing can seriously affect your judgement and when you're high there's a really danger you'll try something reckless.
• Long-term abuse of solvents has been shown to damage the brain, liver and kidney.
• It can be hard to the amount right. Just enough will give the desired high - a little too much can result in coma.
• Solvent abuse killed 64 people in 2000. A quarter of these were people under 18.
• Using solvents in combination with alcohol can lead to an increased risk of death.



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