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Is huffing bad for you?

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    GirlSmarts on Aug 27, 2012 Reply

    Yes. Inhalant abuse is referred to as huffing, sniffing, dusting or bagging and generally occurs through the nose or mouth.

    Huffing is when a chemically soaked rag is held to the face or stuffed in the mouth and the substance is inhaled.

    Sniffing can be done directly from containers, plastic bags, clothing or rags saturated with a substance or from the product directly.

    With Bagging, substances are sprayed or deposited into a plastic or paper bag and the vapors are inhaled. This method can result in suffocation because a bag is placed over the individual’s head, cutting off the supply of oxygen.

    Abusing inhalants in any way is very bad for you. Inhalant abuse causes the person to start forgetting things and even have hallucinations or lose consciousness after time.

    Initially, forgetfulness can be simple things like their name or where they live. They may start hiding things from loved ones and their personalities will change. Different Inhalants produce different harmful effects, and regular abuse of these substances can result in serious harm to vital organs.

    Serious, but potentially reversible, effects include liver and kidney damage.

    Harmful irreversible effects include: hearing loss, limb spasms, bone marrow and central nervous system (including brain) damage and even death.

    Some of the signs of huffing, bagging or sniffing include an appearance similar to someone who has been drinking alcohol, having hallucinations, having paint on their hands or around their mouth, and/or not making sense.

    If you think you or someone is having a problem with huffing the best thing to do is tell a trusted adult so that they can get help. You might be saving their life.

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