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What are inhalants?

Inhalants and solvents are sometimes referred to as volatile substances. They include a wide variety of easily obtained products and substances that can be misused by either sniffing or inhaling the vapours. Breathing in these fumes may produce euphoric feelings or a ‘high’. Inhalants are central nervous system (CNS) depressants. This means they slow down the workings of the brain, particularly breathing and heart.

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Nitrous Oxide

(N2O)

When inhaled, the fumes enter the bloodstream very quickly and the effects are felt after just a few seconds. Their effects mimic alcohol (another depressant) but the effect is much quicker because the chemicals are sent straight to the blood through the lungs. A headache usually follows.

Physical effects can include

  • giggling and laughing
  • drowsiness
  • blurred vision
  • nausea and vomiting

Effects depend on...

​What inhalants do to you depends on how much you use and what it is, your height and weight, your general health, whether you use an inhalant on its own or with other drugs.

  • initial 'rush' or 'high'
  • headaches
  • bloodshot or glazed eyes
  • runny nose or rhinorrhea
  • sneezing
  • unpleasant breath

How inhalants affect your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects Inhalants places on your body.

Psychological effects can include

  • lowered inhibitions / increased confidence
  • excited, euphoric
  • agitated, uneasy and aggressive
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations and delusions
  • confusion and disorientation
  • impaired judgement
  • loss of inhibition
  • feeling disorientated

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    The service is provided by ADIS at St Vincent's Hospital, in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health.

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    • A counsellor will chat with you about your alcohol or other drug concerns
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