Inhalants are psychoactive substances and typically consist of everyday household items, sometimes used recreationally due to the chemicals they can contain (gases, solvents, and aerosol propellers). Alkyl nitrites are a notable exception, as they are used medically to treat heart-related pain via inhalation. While teen inhalant abuse is common, it is the only class of drugs abused by children more often than teens.
It is an issue across all social and ethnic groups, and is considered an international problem. Due to the chemical vapors produced by a range of highly toxic substances, teen inhalant abuse has an extremely harmful impact to brain development with long-term consequences. Some examples of inhalants include: