Inhalant Use Disorder

Inhalant use disorder is a psychiatric condition that applies to the deliberate use of inhalants, not to the accidental inhalation of toxic or psychoactive substances, even if they are the same substances that are people inhale when they have inhalant use disorder, and even if they produce identical effects.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W105
Diagnosis: Inhalant Use Disorder
US Patients: 38 of 50 states make sales of inhalants illegal below age 18
World Patients:
Sex Ratio:
Age Onset: 10-12 years, can be fatal
Brain Area: Individual uses can lower oxygen levels & affect heart rhythms; regular use, harm to brain, heart, kidneys and liver
Symptoms: chemicals whose vapors can be breathed in for intoxication; “sniffing, huffing or bagging”; solvents, gases, medical drugs
Progression: By type: petroleum products, gases, medical anesthetics; abuses vary by product; pregnant users may injure fetuses.
Causes: Hostility to accepted cultural norms
Medications: None listed.
Therapies: None listed.


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