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Propane is petroleum based. Broadly categorized as a hydrocarbon, propane is specifically an aliphatic hydrocarbon, grouped with other gases like butane. Recognized as both an inhalant and a solvent, propane addiction is rare. However, abuse of other chemical inhalants and solvents are still relatively common.

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Addicted to Propane

The psychoactive effect of propane is less than euphoric. Users report the repeated effect of feeling like they were about to die, or experiencing the end of their life. Despite the terrible experience, people continue to use solvents and inhalants. Withdrawal symptoms regarding inhalants are severe. Detox from inhalants takes significantly longer than other chemical drugs, such as synthetic methamphetamines.

Effects of Propane ‘Huffing’ include:

  • Asphyxiation
  • Oxygen Deprivation
  • ‘Nitrogen Narcosis’
  • Frostbite
  • Auditory Hallucinations
  • Dissociation
  • Loss of connection to reality
  • Change in oxygen
  • Damage to nerves and cells
  • Heart/cardiac damages
  • Brain Damage
  • Numbness
  • Slurred Speech
  • Motor function impairment
  • Nausea and vomiting

“Sudden Sniffing Death”

Overdose by abuse of inhalants is common. “Sudden Sniffing Death” is a term given to the instantaneous overdose that is possible from inhaling noxious gases from their source, like the cap of a propane tank. Death by inhalants like propane can also be caused by adverse reactions to the mixing of chemicals, choking on vomit, and injury from chemicals.

Detecting Propane and Inhalant Abuse

Inhalant abuse is not widely problematic, however, it can live in short trends through teenage populations. Propane, butane, and other harmful chemical products are usually within hand’s reach at home. Teens who are home alone or with friends free of parental view might experiment with huffing and sniffing toxic chemical products.

If you are concerned your loved one might be abusing inhalants like propane, look for these signs:

  • Smell of chemicals or fumes
  • Constant changing of clothes
  • Burned clothing
  • Chemical breath
  • Frequently running nose
  • Redness or burns around the mouth
  • Money and time being spent on “projects” or “cleaning” that requires the purchase of inhalants and solvents.

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