Parents do not know that inhalants – cheap, legal and accessible products, are as popular as marijuana. Even fewer know the deadly effects the poisons in these products have on the brain and body when inhaled. It’s like playing Russian Roulette – the user can die the 1st, 10th or 100th time a product is misused. This presentation will explain the pathophysiology of various gases, nitrites, volatile substances and other information you need to know about this deadly underground problem affecting teens and pre-teens.
At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
1. Differentiate between the different categories of abused inhalants.
2. Explain the pathophysiology of commonly abused inhalants.
3. Discuss proper treatment after recognizing the use of certain inhalants.
4. Describe the signs and symptoms of a patient that has inhaled a caustic substance.