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Solvent abuse, also known as volatile substance abuse, is not only glue sniffing but it is the inhalation of substances that contain butane or propane gas. For example, aerosols, gas refills and paint thinners etc...

It has many harmful effects ranging from short term affects such as hallucinations, blackouts, sickness and dizziness, to the long term affects of damage to brain, heart, liver, kidneys and potentially death. Some solvents can cause the lungs to freeze, thus causing suffocation.

There are more deaths due to volatile substance abuse in youths than any illegal drug.

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