Inhalants - a heads up
Using inhalants is most commonly known as chroming. Inhaling spay paint fumes is probably the most commonly practiced form but it also includes sniffing petrol, gases and glue.
Inhalants are things like volatile substance, aerosols, gases and nitrates. So really, inhalants aren’t one type of chemical but many. Inhaling stuff is also known as chroming, nanging or spraying. Inhalants get their name because you breathe them in through the mouth and nose (inhaled).
Using inhalants can make you feel more confident, can make you feel really happy and can also cause dizziness, mood swings, aggression, vomiting and blackouts. You usually get high straight away and the effects can last up to up to 45 minutes.
If you’ve had too much of an inhalant, you might have hallucinations, or you might pass out. You need to get an ambulance if anything like this happens to you or someone you know.
- If you use inhalants then if nothing else, make sure you know these ways to be as safe as possible.
- Know which inhalants are more harmful than others
- Try not to spray directly into the throat (this can lead to suffocation)
- Avoid enclosed places, open the window or go outside
- Avoid inhaling alone
- If using a plastic bag put some holes in it to reduce suffocation risk
- Avoid putting the plastic bag over your head. Consider using smaller bags instead of larger ones or even a sock
- Do not attempt physical exertion or driving a vehicle after use. Try to stay safe and calm after use.
- Inhalants are highly flammable. Avoid smoking and using lighters around inhalants or directly after use. Bonfires and BBQ’s are also places to avoid when using.
- Avoid mixing alcohol or other drugs
- Call an ambulance if an overdose is suspected
Want more? This info is the bare minimum to give you the heads up. The ADF’s fact sheet has heaps more info. We also recommend you have a look at this video from Tune in Not out for another take on chroming.