Proper Awareness Techniques

How do I know and what do I look for?

A. First, you need to understand the symptoms of a person whom is under the influence of an inhalant. If you notice any of the following, there may be room for concern.

  • Drunk, dazed, or dizzy appearance
  • Glassy, glazed, or watery eyes
  • Slurred or disoriented speech
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Red or runny eyes and nose
  • Spots and/or sores around the mouth
  • Unusual breath odor or chemical odor on clothing
  • Nausea and/or loss of appetite
  • Behavioral/mood changes
  • Chronic Inhalant Abusers may exhibit symptoms such as hallucinations, anxiety, excitability, irritability, restlessness, or anger.

 

A. Secondly, look for any of the following items listed below, they could help you recognize other signs of inhalant abuse without the actual symptoms listed above.

  • Painting fingernails with magic markers or correction fluid
  • Sitting with a pen or marker held close to the nose
  • Constantly smelling sleeves or other parts of clothing
  • Trying to hide paint or stain marks on face, lips, nose, fingers or clothing
  • Having numerous butane lighters and refills, gasoline or paint-soaked rags, or used spray paint cans in child’s room, backpack, or locker
  • Hiding rags, plastic sandwich bags, clothes or empty containers of the potentially abused products in closets, under the bed, or in the garage.

 

To understand the proper methods of communicating to the child/person abusing inhalants, click here for
tips on talking.

IF YOU EVER FIND YOUR CHILD UNCONSCIOUS OR YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN INHALANT, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!