Signs and Symptoms of Inhalants

Inhalants can include: household cleaners, spray cans, glue, permanent markers, air duster, aerosols, and air fresheners

Street Names: Huffing, Whippets, Laughing gas, Snappers, Poppers, Dusting, Moon gas

Inhaling a substance through nose or mouth (sometimes using a substance soaked rag, breathing fumes out of a bag or balloon containing the preferred substance, or inhaling directly from the can)

Symptoms/Effects of Use

  • Rapid high
  • Loss of sensation
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Agitation
  • Slurred speech
  • General muscle weakness
  • Poor reflexes
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Irregular and rapid heart rhythm
  • Damage to brain and other organs due to lack of oxygen
  • Unconsciousness
  • Suffocation
  • Fatal heart failure (“sudden sniffing death”)

What to Look For

  • Drunk, dazed, disoriented appearance
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea or loss of appetite
  • Inattentiveness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Irritability
  • Paint/other stains on hands, face, or clothes
  • Chemical odors on breath/clothing
  • Chemical soaked rags/clothing
  • Missing household products
  • Hidden or empty paint/solvent containers

Note: Each person may experience different symptoms/effects. This list is not inclusive. For more information, visit