Inhalant drugs may seem safer than traditional street drugs like heroin or cocaine, but they are just as dangerous. Not only can inhalant abuse result in addiction, but it can also cause serious long-term health consequences and sometimes even death. The 2015 Monitoring the Future study found that about 9.4% of 8th graders have abused inhalants, as opposed to 7.2% of 10th graders and 5.7% of 12th graders.
The most commonly used inhalants in kids ages 12–15 are found around the house. For example, spray paint, glue, shoe polish, lighter fluid, and gasoline. On the other hand, users ages 16–17 usually turn to nitrous oxide.
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