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Many products readily found in the home or workplace-such as spray paints, markers, glues, and cleaning fluids-contain volatile substances that have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties when inhaled. People do not typically think of these products as drugs because they were never intended for that purpose. However, these products are sometimes abused in that way. They are especially (but not exclusively) abused by young children and adolescents, and are the only class of substance abused more by younger than by older teens.

NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse

Drug Facts: Inhalants (NIH-2012) Spanish

Inhalants (NIDA Info Facts-2008)

Inhalants (Center for Substance Abuse Research-2005)

Recognition and Prevention of Inhalant Abuse (American Family Physician-2003)

Mind Over Matter: Inhalants (NIDA-2006)

Inhalant abuse: Is your child at risk? (Mayo Clinic-2012)

Inhalants: A Looming Threat for All Teens (Scholastic & NIDA)
Teacher’s guide and student activities

“Recent declines in adolescent inhalant use” (SAMHSA-2014)

U.S. Nitrous Oxide Laws (2002)

MN Statute – Abuse of Toxic Substances (2013)