Inhalant drugs are dangerous chemicals you cannot see. They are harmful vapors emitted from products such as glue, paint, gasoline, polish for shoes, and fluid from lighters. These drugs are mostly used by children who are 12 to 15 years old and new to inhalant drugs. Children who are between the ages of 16 and 17 turn to nitrous oxide, which is called whippets. Inhalant abusers who are over the age of 18 turn to nitrates like amyl nitrites, which are also called poppers.
How Inhalants are Taken
Drug abusers inhale their chosen inhalant through their nose or mouth. One of the methods they use is called sniffing, while another is referred to as snorting. There is also one called bagging. How it works is the drug is put into a bag, and then it is inhaled. Sometimes a rag is saturated with the drug and then put in the mouth. Nitrous oxide is inhaled from balloons.