Sniffing Glue: Why teens do it

One might ask, “Why would someone purposefully and deliberately sniff glue?” Unfortunately, it has become a common practice and behavior for teens, and even adults, to get a quick, lasting high. The sniffing of glue is fairly inexpensive, and glue is very easy to access and obtain. When people think of glue, they often think of the goopy white paste that we used in elementary school to create art and science projects.

This is not the glue that individuals sniff. Typically, the glue that contains harmful toxins, such as model glue (often called “airplane glue”), wood glue, or super glue, are the “glues of choice” for individuals to sniff. So why do individual sniff glue?

Many enjoy the instant, high feeling they get from inhaling the powerful toxins and vapors found in glue. Many teens find that they get the same intense, strong feelings that many get from more expensive drugs such as pot or cocaine. It is also easy for individuals to hide this type of drug, and often glue leaves no telltale signs like other drugs so often do.

Sniffing Glue: What are the effects?

Like all other drugs, sniffing glue, although it doesn’t sound as risky and dangerous, has many hazardous side effects that can damage a person’s health and well being. Some of the side effects of glue sniffing include:

  • Damage to the nasal passages
  • Damage to lungs and trachea
  • Persistent cough or wheezing, even coughing up of blood
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Brain Damage
  • Kidney Failure
  • Depression
  • Lack of school and social participation
  • Death or Suicide

Sniffing Glue: Treatment and help

It can be difficult and may take time to figure out if someone is sniffing glue because, as mentioned earlier, there are no drastic signs that someone is participating in this behavior. Perhaps the only signs that someone is sniffing glue are the above-mentioned physical signs, and also the finding of glue in paper bags in odd places such as the teen’s bedroom, bathroom or car. Parents, caregivers, and teachers should treat the sniffing of glue as serious as any other drug use or abuse. If a parent, teacher, or caregiver suspects that their child is sniffing glue, immediate and vigilant action should be taken. Teens should visit a doctor or counselor who has the knowledge and know-how on this type of behavior and who can help work the teen through this dangerous addiction. Often, cities and communities provide group counseling for teens that are experiencing some of the same problems and addictions. This type of treatment often proves to be successful and victorious in the ending of this dangerous, sometimes deadly, behavior.