Many American teenagers experiment with intoxicating inhalants. These substances are deadly, however, for 100 to 200 youths in the U.S. each year. Find out more about inhalant abuse by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Teens can buy inhalants legally in stores. Some, such as gasoline, glues, paints, and household sprays, may be readily available in the home. Inhalants are found in a variety of seemingly harmless products. As a result, teens who sniff inhalants to get high don't face the same supply problems or legal concerns that abusers of other drugs face.
Again, it’s important to talk about the dangers of inhalants and other drug use with pre-teens and teens. Encourage open discussion of these topics.