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Inhalant Street Names

Inhalants are the toxic chemical vapors produced by household and commercial products. These products are abused because they create a quick high similar to the effects of alcohol intoxication or marijuana. These drugs are either “huffed” from the container or sniffed from a soaked rag. There are several nicknames for inhalants and their abuse. People might refer to this behavior with a street name for inhalants’ abuse like “huffing,” “glading,” or “bagging.” Inhalants come in several forms, including volatile solvents, aerosols, gases, and nitrites.

2 Minute Read | Published Jul 30 2023 | Updated Oct 10 2023

Inhalants are very addicting because the high only lasts a few minutes, encouraging repeated use. This type of drug is very dangerous because the chemicals are toxic and can slow down the body, causing heart failure, suffocation, and convulsions.

Street Names for Inhalants

A street name for inhalants can be used to conceal this form of substance abuse from others. Nicknames for inhalants are especially common among teenagers as a way to hide their drug use from adults. Becoming aware of common street names for inhalants is an important strategy in drug use prevention and intervention. Street names for specific inhalants include:

  • Poppers: isobutyl nitrite, amyl nitrite, methamphetamine
  • Snotballs: rubber cement
  • Bolt: amphetamine, isobutyl nitrite
  • Bullet: isobutyl nitrite
  • Aimies: amphetamine, amyl nitrite
  • Quicksilver: isobutyl nitrite

Less specific street names of inhalants include:

  • Buzz bomb
  • Snappers
  • Shoot the breeze
  • Moon gas
  • Oz
  • Toilet water
  • Highball
  • Locker room
  • Laughing gas
  • Whippets
  • Whiteout
  • Pearls

When a person begins abusing inhalants, they will engage in deceptive behaviors to cover up their use and acquire more of the substance. Deception and other behavioral changes can indicate a drug abuse problem, but there are physical signs to look out for as well. Red and runny nose and eyes, a chemical odor on the breath, and paint stains on the body or clothing can indicate inhalant abuse. So does a loss of appetite or a drunken, dazed appearance.

Inhalant abuse can be very dangerous and has been known to cause severe complications in otherwise young and healthy people. If you are concerned that someone you care for is abusing inhalants, you should seek help with treatment and intervention as soon as possible.

Find a Rehab for Inhalant Addiction

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