History of inhalants goes back to the first use of
volatile solvents and gases but the history of inhalants
is not as important as a future without them. History
of inhalants includes abuse of chemical vapors since
they first began being manufactured. Chemicals included
in the history of inhalants are solvents, aerosols,
gases and nitrites. The history of inhalants includes
natural gases as well as man-made chemicals. This site
will examine the history of inhalants as it relates
to each chemical and its abuse.
Solvents have been around since early manufacturing.
Degreasers, gasoline and glues have many uses in manufacturing
and even in the common household garage. Unfortunately
this makes them very accessible to children and very
easy chemicals to abuse. Solvents such as these are
inexpensive and alter mood and reality when abused.
Other solvents are used in marking pens to dry ink and
in correction fluids like liquid paper. Such solvents
are abused by inhaling the fumes directly through the
mouth or nose. Sometimes solvents are soaked into rags
and placed in the mouth or over the nose and inhaled.
Solvents can also be abused by being placed into a plastic
bag and breathing through the bag.
In addition to solvents, the history of inhalants also
includes aerosols. Some users will spray paints, deodorants,
hairsprays, fabric sprays or even vegetable oil sprays
directly into the nose and mouth area to get the effect.
The history of inhalants like these is recent since
many of these chemicals have only been around a short
Gases, on the other hand, have a long history of inhalants.
Butane, propane and nitrous oxide gases have been around
for a long time. Of course during this last century
it has become easier than ever to abuse these gases.
Nitrous oxide is the most widely abused gas and can
be found in whipped cream dispensers and car fuel additives.
Solvents, aerosols and gases are all inhaled for the
effects they have on the central nervous system. Feelings
of painlessness, intoxication and euphoria are temporarily
created by these inhalants when they are abused. Another
class of inhalants are nitrites which include amyl nitrite
and cyclohexyl nitrite. The history of inhalants of
this type show that they are abused because they relax
muscles and dilate blood vessels which some people find
enhances sexual pleasure.
The problem with inhalants is that they have dire consequences
on the mind and body of the user. If you are investigating
inhalants for yourself or a loved one, we at Spencer
Recovery Centers encourage you to call us today for
treatment. Inhalant abuse, like all drug abuse, can
become a dangerous addiction that progresses to a fatal
end. If you would like more information about our treatment programs and what we can do for you, please give us a call today.