Solvents are common household products such as deodorants, air fresheners, paint thinners, nail varnish remover, gas lighter refills etc

Slang names:
Glue, aerosols, sniffing, tooting, gas, dusting

Main effects:
The effects will depend on what has been used but generally you will have similar feelings to being drunk with dizziness and feeling light headed.  You can get giggly and have difficulty thinking straight but solvent use can also lead to mood swings, aggressive behaviour, hallucinations, vomiting and blackouts.  Some glues, gases and aerosols may lead to you developing a red rash around the mouth and you can also get a ‘hangover’ afterwards.

Solvents are readily available as household products and because they are legal to purchase some people consider them a safer alternative to illegal drugs.   This isn’t the case.

Solvents can affect your judgment so that when you’re high there’s a danger you might try something dangerous.  Squirting gas products down the throat is a very dangerous way of taking them, this can make your throat swell up so you can’t breathe and slow down your heart causing a heart attack.  These drugs can kill the first time they are used.  Some users die from passing out and choking on their own vomit and there is a risk of suffocation if you inhale from a plastic bag over your head.  Many of the solvents are flammable so there is a risk of burns and explosions especially if someone is smoking nearby or if you are using in an enclosed space.

Gases, glues and aerosols produce a similar effect to alcohol, so mixing them with drink can have serious consequences. The effects are increased and can lead to unconsciousness and death.

Not illegal



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