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Glue Sniffers


What is Glue Sniffing?

Glue Sniffing is a form of inhalant abuse. Those who sniff glue are intoxicating fumes from the solvents found in the adhesives. Often people will sniff glue as a way to escape from the stress of daily life or to fill in for boredom. It is growing in popularity amongst Indian teenagers because of it is easily obtainable and effects are almost instantaneous. After sniffing glue the abuser experiences a feeling of euphoria and exhilaration.

How Glue is Sniffed

Typically people who sniff glue will empty the solvent into a plastic bag and then put their face inside, breathing deeply. The solvant can also be heated and then inhaled or it can be poured onto a rag and the vapors then inhaled.

Effects of Glue Sniffing

  • loss of coordination

  • muscular movement

  • slurring of speech

  • mental deterioration

  • hallucination

  • drowsiness

  • coma

  • respiratory failure

  • dizziness

Many people have lost their lives while high on glue because they feel urged to “attempt the impossible”.

Glue Sniffing Use

Glue sniffing is common amongst teenagers looking for a way to get high. With glue easy to come by and its effects almost instantaneous many young people use glue sniffing on a regular basis. Feelings of euphoria, invincibility, exhilaration and the hallucinations produced by glue sniffing often will lead to long term use. When a person sniffs glue over a long period of time they will develop a tolerance and even a physical and psychological dependency to the drug. When stopping its use they will experience withdrawal symptoms than vary in severity amongst users.

Glue sniffing is a danger to the persons health. Drowsiness caused by glue sniffing can result in coma and respiratory failure. The means of sniffing glue such as within a bag can result in suffocation. Heart failure can occur in users of high doses.

Signs of Glue Sniffing Addiction

  • smells of glue

  • thoughts and actions consumed by glue sniffing

  • trouble concentrating

  • Prolonged use

  • Withdrawal when stopping its use

  • Trouble at work, home and school

  • Difficulties in personal relationships

  • Financial strain

  • Lack of interest in normal activities

Withdrawal Symptoms of Glue Sniffing

  • Forgetfulness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Anorexia

  • Nausea

  • Irritability

  • Excitability

  • Anxiety

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