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Solvents Category: Solvents

Such as: gases, glue, correction fluids and thinners, petroleum products, aerosols including hairspray, deodorants and air-fresheners.

How it’s used

You can sniff them directly, put on to a rag or sleeve and inhale. You inhale glues from inside a plastic bag.

For information on Nitrous Oxide 'laughing gas' see our 'types of drug' page and our feature.

Short-term effects

Long-term effects

Other dangers

If you are pregnant

Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby


You can get psychologically addicted so you feel you can’t cope without it. You can build tolerance so you need to take more to get the same buzz.

What help is available?

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