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Solvents: Just the Facts

Know the effects and risks of solvents.

What are solvents?

These include gas, glue and other substances like Tipp-Ex, aerosols and lighter fuel. People breath in or sniff these to get high.

The Effects:

The effects are different for everyone, but can include: mood swings, aggressive behaviour, hallucinations, vomiting and blackouts. They can also make you feel drunk and dizzy and cause difficulty thinking straight.

The Risks:

Glues, gases and solvents can generally be found in the home. A lot of people think they are safe to use for that reason, but actually they are just as dangerous for your health as other drugs.

  • Hallucinations
  • Vomiting and blackouts. If you were to blackout, you are also at risk of choking on your own vomit.
  • Can cause long term damage to muscles, liver and kidneys.
  • Many household gases and solvents are flammable so there is a risk of  burns to the skin as well as a risk of explosions.

How to get help

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