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What are Liquids?

Liquids are organic chemicals that are used to dissolve solid materials. Liquids are can be any paints, varnishes, inks, paint thinners, aerosol spray products, permanent marking pens, glues, adhesives, and much more. A liquid can also be a solvent, or a substance that is capable of dissolving other substances. Solvents such as, lighter fluid, spot removers, and degreasers also fall under this category.

Are These Products Being Abused?

YES. These products serve great purposes when they are used as intended and as directed on the product label. However, they are being used for other purposes like getting high. Liquid inhalant abuse involves inhaling the fumes of these products creating a strong intoxication. These products, and in some instances solvents, are also poured on rags and shirt sleeves and then inhaled.  Chemical-soaked rags may be a warning sign of abuse.

Examples of Products Being Abused

  • Nail polish remover
  • Paint thinner
  • Paint remover
  • Correction fluid
  • Toxic magic markers
  • Pure toluene
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Carburetor cleaner
  • Octane booster
  • Air conditioning coolant
  • Lighters
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Dry erase board cleaner
  • Adhesives/glue
  • Household cleaners (kitchen and bathroom cleaners)
  • Spot removers
  • Degreasers

Inhalant Abuse Cases Involving Liquids

Check out the Inhalant Blog for inhalant abuse cases involving liquids. Search by date, location, and product type.

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