Adhesives / Glue
What are adhesives and glues?
Adhesives and glues are products that are normally in a liquid state that bond materials together. The bond occurs as the chemicals react or evaporate, and the glue hardens.
Are these products being abused?
Yes. Adhesives and glues are not meant to be consumed. They can serve great purposes in our daily life when they are used correctly and according to the product label and directions. However, they are being used to get high through the deliberate inhalation of the product by huffing or sniffing.
Signs of abuse
Different inhalants yield different effects, yet generally speaking, because inhaled chemicals are absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream and distributed quickly to the brain and other organs, the effects of inhaling can be severe. Within minutes, the user experiences feelings of intoxication and may become dizzy, have headaches, abdominal pain, limb spasms, lack of coordination, loss of control, hallucinations, and impaired judgment. Worse, he or she may even die from a condition known as Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome, which can even occur with first time users.
Long-term inhalant users generally suffer from muscle weakness, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, depression, liver or kidney damage and central nervous system (including brain) damage. The dangers are real, the side effects are severe and the high is not worth risking your life.
Below is a HELPful way to remember the warning signs of an inhalant abuser:
Hidden chemical-soaked rags or clothes
Eyes and nose red or runny
Loss of appetite or nausea
Paint or chemical stains on face or fingers
Examples of products being abused
Model Airplane Cement
Inhalant abuse cases involving glue
Check out the Inhalant Blog for inhalant cases involving glue. Click here.