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Q102: What are the harmful effects of solvent abuse?

Solvent abuse, also known as volatile substance abuse, is the inhalation of volatile substances that contain chemicals such as butane or propane gas, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and acetone. These chemicals are often found in products such as glues, aerosols, gas refills, hairspray, nail polish remover and paint thinners etc.

Solvent abuse can kill, even it it's the first time they are used. Users can suffocate, choke and suffer hear attacks.

The effects of solvent abuse vary, in the short term, effects can include hallucinations, blackouts, sickness, dizziness, disorientation and headaches. Accidents caused due to suffering these effects also contribute to a number of deaths. Long term abuse can cause damage to the brain, heart, lungs, liver, muscles and kidneys.

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