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Independence is the fourth largest city in the state of Missouri with a total population of 116,830 according to the 2010 United States Census report. Independence lies on the south bank of the Missouri River, near the western edge of the state. The city is known as the “Queen City of the Trails” because of it was a point of departure of the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails.
Inhalant abuse, a growing problem in Missouri and throughout the United States
According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 22.3 million Americans aged 12 or older reported using inhalants at least once during their lifetimes. This is a growing problem in the state of Missouri and throughout the United States.
Inhalants are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors that can be inhaled to induce a psychoactive mind-altering effect. Inhalants are easily found. Inhalants include a broad range of chemicals found in hundreds of different products that may have different pharmacological effects. Inhalant addicts with use anything from whip cream to air freshners to get high.
Four general categories of inhalants
- Volatile solvents are liquids that vaporize at room temperature and are found in products such as paint thinners/removers, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline, correction fluids, and felt-tip marker fluids.
- Aerosols are sprays that contain propellants and solvents and include spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays, vegetable oil sprays for cooking, and fabric protector sprays.
- Gases used as inhalants include medical anesthetics (ether, chloroform, and nitrous oxide) as well as gases used in household or commercial products (butane lighters, propane tanks, whipped cream dispensers, and refrigerants).
- Nitrites include cyclohexyl nitrite, isoamyl (amyl) nitrite, and isobutyl (butyl) nitrite, and are commonly known as “poppers” or “snappers.”
The effects of Inhalants
Inhalants mostly act directly on the central nervous system to produce psychoactive, mind-altering effects. With similar short-term effects as anesthetics, which slow the body’s functions. Producing a rapid high that resembles alcohol intoxication with initial excitation, then drowsiness, disinhibition, lightheadedness, and agitation. Solvents and gases can produce anesthesia, a loss of sensation, and even loss of consciousness if enough is inhaled. Sniffing solvents and aerosol spray can cause irregular and rapid heart rhythms and lead to heart failure and death within minutes of use. This is known as “sudden sniffing death”. Chronic abuse of inhalants can cause irreversible damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. Long-term use of inhalants can cause weight loss, muscle weakness, disorientation, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, and depression. In 2006, according to DAWN data inhalants were involved in 5,643 emergency department visits.
Many become addicted to the high from inhalants and feel a strong need to use inhalants regardless to the negative effects it has on their health. Tolerance can develop with regular use of inhalants. This makes it necessary to inhale more and more to get the same effect. Many who develop a tolerance and become addicted to inhalants will experience withdrawal symptoms such as, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, irritation, aggressive behaviour, dizziness, tremors and nausea.
Treatment for Inhalant Addiction
There is help out there for Inhalant addicts, it is not impossible to quit. The Doctors and Staff at the Rehab Programs in Independence, Missouri understand how difficult it can be to over come this addiction. There are inhalants everywhere you turn, they are so easily available to everyone that a relapse is high. You will enter into behavioral modification counseling to help you learn ways to deal with this addiction and to avoid temptation. You are important and this addiction will eventually kill you. Do not wait until it is to late, contact a Rehab Program in Independence, Missouri.