Of all the parental worries about teenage drug abuse, inhalants might not be among the top substances that come to mind. But the number of people that have tried inhalants is alarming. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 21 million people in the United States have tried inhalants at least once.
There is good news: Inhalant abuse is down from its heaviest period, which was the mid-1990s, according to the NIDA. However, the harmful nature of inhalants — and teenagers’ ability to potentially get high from everyday household products — makes it a highly dangerous activity.
Here’s a look at the perils associated with inhalants.