Menstuff® has information on "huffing", dusting or bagging or inhaling the gases that are used to propel foods such as whipped cream or cheese out of their containers and onto crackers. . The experts want to call dusting huffing. The kids don't believe its huffing. As adults we tend to lump many things together. But it doesn't fit here. There is no chemical reaction. no strong odor. Dusting doesn't follow the huffing signals. Huffing has also been the name for inhaling freon from air conditioners.

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Is Your Child or Teen "Huffing?"

Recently, several teens have died after inhaling the chemical difluoroethane from a popular computer cleaning spray known as Dust-Off. Falcon, the manufacturer of Dust-Off, labels cans of Dust-Off with conspicuous warnings about misuse of the product. The product Dust-Off itself is not the source of the problem; it is only one example of hundreds of common household products with the potential to be abused by inhalant abusers.

Inhalant abuse (commonly called "huffing") is 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. The 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse revealed that the primary population of inhalant abusers is the 12 to 17 age group, followed by the 18 to 25 year old population. In 2000, 18% of eighth graders admitted having used inhalants (huffing) at least once in their lifetime.

Inhalants produce an effect that may be similar to alcohol intoxication. Initial symptoms described by abusers who were "huffing" include:

Further use can lead to the following:

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

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. Other causes of death include asphyxiation, aspiration, or suffocation.

Chronic inhalant abuse may result in serious and sometimes irreversible damage to the user's heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and brain. Brain damage may result in personality changes, diminished cognitive functioning, memory impairment, and slurred speech.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Medical Examiner data revealed that inhalants were involved in over 500 deaths in the United States from 1996 to 1999.

Substances commonly used by inhalant abusers fall into several categories:

Parents of teens need to be especially vigilant about signs of inhalant abuse (huffing), since the abused substances are simple household items and not readily identifiable as drugs of abuse. These substances are also easily purchased and inexpensive, making them attractive to curious teens. In addition to signs of intoxication, parents should be warned of potential inhalant abuse by sores and scratches around the mouth area along with the presence of unusual odors.

12-Year-Old dies after huffing Freon from A/C unit

It’s called huffing or bagging — a trend among kids and teens looking for a quick high by inhaling a chemical called Freon. The dangerous practice is being blamed in the death of a 12-year-old girl from Victorville. Kristal Salcido lived with her grandmother and cousins. The seventh grader found easy access to Freon from the air conditioning units in their backyard. Kristal inhaled the chemical, later passing out in her grandma’s bathroom. says one in five students by 8th grade have tried huffing.

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