Hawaii is no stranger to substance abuse issues. Meth has been a problem for the state for years now, but it’s not the only issue. In 2010, 154 people died in Hawaii as a direct consequence of using drugs, per an archived Hawaii Drug Control Update. And undoubtedly, some of those were from inhalant abuse. Inhalants are volatile substances that emit chemical vapors. When inhaled, the chemicals cause a high or altered mental state. They are called inhalants because they are seldom if ever, ingested by any other route of administration. Many other substances can be inhaled which either aren’t drugs or are normally consumed by other methods such as smoking, snorting, or injecting. It is important that a person abusing inhalants seeks help at one of Hawaii's drug rehabilitation facilities.
A big reason why inhalants are so dangerous is that only a single-use can kill a person. Every use of inhalants is roulette and at any time the vapors may interrupt heart rhythm in such a way that it causes cardiac arrest. The chemical vapors may also cause such a drop in oxygen levels that the person suffocates and dies. Unfortunately, youth and adolescents are most likely to use inhalants because of accessibility. There are over 1,000 products that can be abused as inhalants and many of them are common, household items. Common examples include gasoline, aerosols, paints, solvents, and glues.
Families can help deter inhalant abuse by keeping cleaning supplies that can be abused out of reach and locked away. Additionally, they can ensure they’re disposed of properly. Anyone struggling with inhalant abuse should seek treatment as soon as possible.