Solvents (Sniffing Gas)

Sniffing or huffing gas and solvents to get high can be deadly, especially for children and youth.

We should all be careful as gas and solvents are easily found around the home, and should be kept safely out of reach.

After sniffing or huffing gas or solvents, a person may feel happy in the short term. However, in the long term, they can suffer from mood swings and depression, become violent and aggressive, and may even hurt themselves and others.

Signs that someone is abusing gas and solvents may include:

  • Watery and red eyes
  • Sores on the mouth or nose
  • Stomach ache, diarrhea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Seeing something that is not there
  • Stains on fingers or hands 
  • Chemical smell on clothing , hair or breath

If you see someone sniffing or huffing, call your health centre immediately. Avoid surprising someone if you find them sniffing or huffing, as they may become scared which can cause the heart to stop beating. 

How do you prevent solvent abuse?

  1. Talk to your children about the dangers of using solvents. Let them know you want to help them be healthy, happy and safe.
  2. Keep cleaners and chemicals in marked containers stored out of children's reach.
  3. Lock up and safely store gasoline and propane tanks in a lock box or other safe place.
  4. Be aware of signs of solvent use.

For more information on solvent abuse, please check out these resources!