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Breathable chemical vapors that users intentionally inhale because of the chemicals' mind-altering effects. The substances inhaled are often common household products that contain volatile solvents or aerosols.
Street Names:
Whippets, poppers, snappers.
Most inhalants produce a rapid high that resembles alcohol intoxication. If sufficient amounts are inhaled, nearly all solvents and gases produce a loss of sensation, and even unconsciousness.
and Trends:

The NIDA-funded 2007 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 8.3% of 8th graders, 6.6% of 10th graders, and 3.7% of 12th graders had abused inhalants at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Source: Monitoring the Future

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NIDA Infofacts: Club Drugs

NIDA InfoFacts: Inhalants. Briefly describes the health hazards of using various kinds of inhalants, and provides current usage statistics. For a general audience. (Fact sheet).
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Research Reports:  Inhalants

NIDA Research Report: Inhalant Abuse. Detailed look at current research findings. For a general audience. (Report).
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