What are cleaning agents?
Cleaning agents are products that you use to clean your home. These products fall into the following categories: bathroom, kitchen, laundry, carpet/upholstery, and other miscellaneous products.
Are cleaning agents being abused?
YES. When used correctly cleaning agents are valuable tools to help you clean your home and clothes. However, cleaning agents can be abused and used in ways other than their intended purpose of cleaning. Cleaning products are being inhaled, through various methods, as a way to experience a type of high.
Examples of Cleaning Agents:
Dry Cleaning Fluid
Dry Erase Board Cleaner
Household cleaners (kitchen and bathroom cleaners)
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