Everyday house hold items your teen might be using to get high

Wondering how your teen gets high yet you never give him cash to buy drugs? He/she might be using items at home.

Below are everyday household items your son or daughter might be abusing.

Some teens inhale household products like 

Glue

Glue is present in most homes, it can be furniture glue or the one used on shoes by cobblers.

Glue can be consumed through different methods among them

Sniffing of vapors directly from an open container or a surface soaked with the substance.

Oral inhalation from a rag or cloth soaked in a volatile substance that is held over the mouth or nose; or 

 Bagging involves breathing in and out of a paper or plastic bag filled with a small amount of a volatile substance.

Aerosol sprays

Sniffing aerosol spray cans “can directly induce heart failure and death.

People who use nitrous to get high usually transfer the gas into another container, like a balloon. 

Then they inhale the gas from the balloon. Examples of this include toilet fresheners’ furniture cleaning spray, etc.

Cleaning fluids

These fluids are mostly abused due to their easy availability and the fact that they do not arouse suspicion.

The most commonly abused cleaning agents include dry cleaning fluid, spot removers, and degreasers. These fluids typically vaporize at room temperature and are easy to ingest via the mouth or nasal pathways. 

Nutmeg/Kukumanga

Nutmeg is used as a spice in many Kenyan households.

What most parents do not know is that it contains a chemical that may give you a feel-good high if you get enough of it.

Nutmeg poisoning can give you heart palpitations and make you feel dizzy, nauseous, tired, or anxious. Some people have died from eating too

gas from whipped cream cans

Aftershave

This is used to reduce breakouts, razor burn, or razor bumps when shaving.

Some teens drink this to get high, this can lead to alcohol poisoning, seizures, coma, or even death.

A young man abusing drugs. Photo Courtesy: Photos For Class

Hand sanitizer

Drinking this can lead to alcohol poisoning, seizures, coma, or death.

Bath salts

This is a crystalline substance that is dissolved in bathwater to soften or perfume it.

It is mostly used in bathtubs.

It can be swallowed, snorted, or injected. 

Once used the bath salt can cause a feeling of joy or boost sex drive. 

But it could also make you feel drunk, get violent, or lose touch with reality. 

The salt bath is addictive and can cause symptoms such as chest pain, panic attacks, hallucinations, and in some instances death.

Deodorant

In May 2022, an Australian girl was found dead by her mum on mothers day.

Ryan believes her daughter died of sudden sniffing death syndrome and suffered a heart attack.

The girl’s mother said she was inhaling the deodorant with her boyfriend when she went into cardiac arrest, leaving her with brain damage.

Alcohol tampons

Teens soak tampons in vodka, then put them in their vaginas or rectums. 

There’s no proof that this works. What’s more, the vodka may burn sensitive vaginal or rectal tissue. In rare cases, it has caused colitis.

It can be hard for such teens to get treatment when they get alcohol poisoning because the teenager’s breath has no alcohol smell.

The symptoms to look out for include

  • Frequent headaches
  • Excessive use of deodorant or other aerosol sprays
  • Stains and chemical odors on towels and clothes
  • Disorientation or slurred speech
  • Nausea or loss of appetite

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