A wide range of glues, gases and aerosols contain volatile substances which when breathed in or sniffed get you high. Breathing in a volatile substance can make you feel uninhibited, euphoric and dizzy. But the effect they have on your heart can cause death, even if it’s your first time (known as Sudden Sniffing Death).


What are the effects?

  • Users say it's like being drunk with dizziness, dreaminess, fits of the giggles, and that it can be difficult to think straight.

  • People can experience vomiting and blackouts.

  • Depending on the substance, it can leave a red rash around the mouth.

Glues, Gases & Aerosoles

(Volatile substances / Solvents)

What you need to know about solvents

  • Because glues, gases and aerosols are available as household products, some people think they are safe to use, but they’re not. Between 2000 and 2008, abusing glues, gases and aerosols killed more 10-15 year olds than illegal drugs combined. They can kill the first time they are used.

  • They are just dangerous the first or the 1000th time you use them because you can't build tolerance

  • It can give people a 'hangover' afterwards, giving them severe headaches, feelings of depression and leaving them tired.

  • They can cause mood swings, aggressive behaviour and hallucinations