Inhalants and solvents“ Deadly, Dangerous Right under your nose”
Medical law states .....DRUGS : Any chemical substance that affects the processes of the mind or bodyDRUG ABUSE : An excessive or improper use of drugs, especially through self- administration for nonmedical purposes.
Year nine drug knowledge Column1 Knowledge2Dont know what inhalents and solvents are. Are aware of the consequencesKnow what inhalents and solvents are Unaware of the consequences 6% 22% 94% 78% • 86 % of year nines surveyed believed that the severity of Inhalants on a scale of one to ten with ten being most severe inhalants ranked 6 •Only 12 % of those surveyed believe they have someone who they could talk to if they had issues about drugs.
What are inhalants and solvents?“Inhalants and solvents are ordinary household items that can be abused by inhaling.”Abuse of inhalants and solvents is most common among adolescents and younger children , especially between the ages of 13 to 19.Easily and cheaply available they are exposed to young people daily some include glues, gasoline, rubber cement, aerosols, antifreeze, correcting fluid, room deodorizers, paint thinners, nail polish removers, shoe polish, cooking sprays, and household cleaners and permanent markers sound familiar?Inhalants and solvents can be habit forming because they contain addictive elements.Sudden sniffing death (SSF) can result from a single useOnce the vapors enter the body, some are absorbed by parts of the brain and nervous system. All of the inhalants (except nitrites) slow down the bodys functions effects are similar to that of
MANUAL: Methods to inhale or use solvents• Inhaling gas or vapours from bags or balloons ("bagging")• Drinking solvents mixed with alcohol• Sniffing directly from containers• Spraying aerosols directly into mouth• Inhaling through a soaked cloth or other material placed directly over the mouth ("huffing")• Heating and inhaling• Injection
Unwanted Side Effects : •Slurred SpeechEffects Long term effects : •Convulsions •Tightening of the chest •Blood nose •HeadacheInhalants can be • Tiredness •Dizzinessdeadly, way they can kill • Tremors •Rapid heartbeatinclude: • Paleness in appearance •DelusionsCardiac arrest – when • Weight loss •Confusion and Disorientationheart beats irregularly • Memory loss •Vomitingand then stops • Liver and Kidney damage •Double visionAsphyxia — Toxic fumes • Degenerative brain •Eye and throat irritationreplace oxygen in the disease (leaded petrol) •Bloodshot eyeslungs so that a person • Thirst •Sores around the mouth andstops breathing • Irregular noseSuicide from depression heartbeat, damage to •Nausea heart muscle desired side effectsInjuries: while being • Depression •Hallucinationshigh people may make • Hostility •Euphoriabad decisions, not think • Loss of hearing and smell •Reducedbefore doing something • Long term users may feel inhibitionse.g. drive while high irritable, hostile •Excitement depressed and victimized
LegalInhalant use is not a criminal offence in any Australian state or territory. They can’t make inhalants illegal. They are just ordinary products many people useIn victoria police have the power to take people under custody, search them and take away any items used to inhale.In victoria shop keepers are allowed to refuse the sale of solvent to customers IT’S AGAINST THE LAW ... Legally : o Inhalant use is not a criminal offence in any Australian state or territory. They can’t make inhalants illegal. They are just ordinary products many people use for un harmful purposes everyday. o In Victoria police have the power to take people under custody, search them and take away any items used to inhale. o In Victoria shop keepers are allowed to refuse the sale of solvent to customers
gas “ Deadly, Dangerous bulbspoppers Right under your nose”
Help Wanted•Kids helpline (Ph.1800 55 1800)•For information on drugs got to -http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/•For anonymous help go to –Drug and alcohol services on 1300 34 1340
Hey I recognise that sign !If someone you know •Have the odour of solvents or inhalants onshows these signs they breath or clothesmaybe using inhalantsor solvents and you •Experience slurred speech or disorientation orshould notify someone have difficulty movingimmediately. •Have a runny nose or rash around the mouth or nose •Attempt to obtain paraphernalia (sprays, propane, lighter fluid, nail polish remover), paper bags, and balloons •Experience personality changes (especially with increased recklessness or fearlessness), poor judgment, and loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities •Behave evasively or lie about activities or whereabouts