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How can something as innocuous as a can of whipped cream be dangerous? In the hands of a teen seeking to experiment with things that may alter his mind, this could be the beginning of something quite harmful.

That can of whipped cream works to dispense the product by releasing gases to push the product out. Individuals, mostly young adults, have learned that inhaling the gases can produce a “high” of sorts. Sensations derived can include feeling euphoric, uncoordinated, dizzy, light-headed, out-of-body, and hallucinatory. It is a short-lived high – not more than a few minutes, but a mind-altering experience none-the-less. Individuals may learn about and seek out other products to inhale for that high feeling since most that are used are readily available and inexpensive. Some of the products typically inhaled include spray paint, gasoline, paint thinner, dust-off spray, hair spray, shoe polish, nail polish remover, airplane glue, industrial-strength cleaners, and air freshener.

These products contain highly concentrated chemicals that, when sniffed, act on the user’s central nervous system. Because the effects only last for a few minutes, people sometimes repeat sniffing several times over to keep fueling the effects. Overdose is not typical but does happen and can manifest as seizures, coma, or death – usually from products whose chemicals adversely affect the person’s heart, stopping it in a matter of minutes after initial use.

Inhalant misuse can be seriously problematic. If you need to learn more about this and what can be done to stop the misuse, check out our related topics or contact The Recovery Village via our toll-free hotline.

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