The abuse of deodorant as a drug
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According to the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, the majority of inhalant abusers are between the ages of 12 and 18, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports. Most of these abuse household substances such as spray paint, hairspray and aerosol deodorant.
Users inhale aerosol deodorant using several different methods. "Huffing" is when users soak a rag or other cloth with the substance and cover their breathing passages with it. Some spray the substance directly into their nose or mouth. Some breathe the fumes or even hyperventilate inside a deodorant-coated paper or plastic bag.
- Users inhale aerosol deodorant using several different methods. "
- Some spray the substance directly into their nose or mouth.
Inhalants such as deodorant produce a fast high, coming on quickly and lasting only a few minutes. Their effects are alcohol-like, including slurred speech, clumsiness, dizziness and euphoria. Repeated use may produce lightheadedness, drowsiness or a headache, according to NIDA. Heavy and repeated use may result in a loss of consciousness.
- Inhalants such as deodorant produce a fast high, coming on quickly and lasting only a few minutes.
- Their effects are alcohol-like, including slurred speech, clumsiness, dizziness and euphoria.
Abusers of deodorant and other inhalants risk permanent damage to their brains or central nervous systems and, potentially, reversible damage to their livers and kidneys. Repeated sniffing of concentrated substances from aerosol cans may also induce sudden heart failure and subsequent death, a phenomenon known as "sudden sniffing death," according to NIDA.
Jennifer Gigantino has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been published in various venues ranging from the literary magazine "Kill Author" to the rehabilitation website Soberplace. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and digital media from the University of California at Santa Cruz.