Inhalants

Inhalants, also known as volatile substances or solvents, are chemicals that evaporate and give off fumes at room temperature. These vapours can be inhaled through the nose and/or the mouth to give the user an immediate ‘high.’ These substances are easily absorbed through the lungs and carried around the body affecting areas such as the brain and liver.

This fact sheet includes:

  • What are inhalants?
  • How many people use inhalants?
  • What are the effects?
  • What are the risks?