By Christopher Steele
When people think of solvent abuse, the
first thoughts are usually about glue sniffing,
however abusers do not just sniff glue.
Solvents include all substances that contain
butane or propane gas, trichloroethylene
and tetrachloroethylene. This means that
gas refills and lighters, some aerosols, some
air fresheners, some paint, thinners and
correcting fluid, all of which contain butane
or propane, can all be sniffed. Even some
aerosols containing whipping cream can be
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Risks include fatal heart problems,
nausea, vomiting, severe
headaches and blackouts. The
most obvious visual signs are the
spots or rash, which the user
develops around the mouth and
nose. The long-term effects of
solvent abuse might include brain
damage, and kidney or liver
WHAT IS SOLVENT ABUSE?
Solvent Abuse is when kids try to get
high by sniffing things like paint
thinner, gasoline, copier fluid or
other chemical in spray cans.
We have completed a significant
online resource which we called the
'Solvent Abuse Module' which is
available by clicking the link below.
HOW DO PEOPLE DIE?
Sniffing solvents may cause intoxication
similar to the effects of alcohol. So a
sniffer may become drowsy, confused,
aggressive, may take more risks than
they would when sober, and so on.
Accidents are, therefore, quite common
and sometimes fatal.
ARE SOLVENTS ADDICTIVE?
Solvents If you stop using solvents, your
body won't suffer withdrawal symptoms
because they're not physically addictive.
Solvents can, however, be psychologically
addictive. Heavy or long-term users feel
they can't face life unless they're cloaked
in a solvent haze. Solvent abuse becomes
their only escape from what they see as a
dull or hopeless life.