Huffing

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Huffingsniffing products like spray paint or glue to get highmay affect the brain the same way drugs like cocaine does. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at the dangerous practice of huffing in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Inhalant abusecommonly called huffingis the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to attain a mental high or euphoric effect. A wide variety of substances, including many common household products, are abused by inhalers.

Inhalants produce an effect that may be similar to alcohol intoxication. Initial symptoms described by abusers who were huffing include drowsiness, lightheadedness and loss of inhibition.

Long-term inhalant abusers can suffer damaging health consequences including:

depression and mood changes,

weight loss,

inattentiveness,

lack of coordination,

irritability, and

weakness.

More serious consequences can include permanent damage to the brain and other organs or even death. Sudden cardiac death from fatal cardiac arrhythmias has been reported even in teen inhalant abusers. Death from huffing can occur upon the first time of use, or after prolonged inhalant abuse.

Chronic inhalant abuse may result in serious and sometimes irreversible damage to the users heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.