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Sniffing paint

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by amethyst, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    I live in a poor country where many people are destitute, or leading very hard lives to get by on a daily basis. In other words there is a lot of extreme hardship here, as basically everything is missing, from existential requirements such as food, water and sanitation, to medical care. It's no surprise that some people just want to escape this harsh reality by taking drugs. Marijuana and cocaine are very cheap. But those who can't afford those drugs, reach for paints, paint thinners, glue, whatever they can get their hands on that makes them feel high.
    To be honest, it affects me deeply to see these poor humans all emaciated, dirty, reeking of chemicals, killing their brains. There is no help here for them. They just live a twilight existence, sleeping under bridges or in house entrances, slowly vegetating away. The worst are the kids...
  2. Novelangel

    Novelangel Active Contributor

    The problem with inhaling chemicals such as paint is that these inhalations are very dangerous to the body. I once had an addiction to the smell of paint. I didn't sniff it to get high, but for some reason, I just liked the smell...a lot. So I would take every opportunity to inhale paint fumes just to get that smell, and this happened more and more often over the weeks, until one evening when my heart started skipping beats and palpitating. I quit cold turkey right then and there as my symptoms were pretty terrifying. That was back in 2001 and I still have occasional heart skips to remind me of that era of my life. I really don't advise anyone to sniff paint for any reason.
  3. DancingLady

    DancingLady Community Champion

    That's really bad, and tragic. I believe using chemical, man made substances destroys the body much faster than plant derived drugs, just because the chemicals are so unrelated to anything the body is designed to be able to process. It's too bad there is no help for these people, but as we all know, help costs money for someone.

    Do they educate the children in school about the dangers of drugs, to help them know how to say no and understand why?
  4. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    This is a very dangerous thing to do. The chemicals in the paint should be very harmful to the human body, which could cause serious damage to some vital organs. Some paints contain led which could cause kidney failure and damage to the nervous system, in children it could cause stunted growth and delayed development.
  5. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Hi there! I had some experience with glue and other cheap drugs when I was younger. It awful! I never sniffed paint though, but I did glue and paint thinner... when I was little there actually was some sort of boom in the use of glue by teenagers. I don't even want to imagine how many brains that stuff has ruined.
  6. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    True, some people are just so down and out that sniffing harmful substances has been their last resort to survive in this unfair world. I do wish that the government could do something to help these people have a better life, like a free housing program so that they can get started. But of course that is a tall order.
  7. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Sad fact that those kind of scenarios are seen in some places in here as well. Those chemicals are too dangerous and they just do not mind it in order to get high and temporarily skip their realities.
  8. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    Paint was not meant to be sniffed. This can definitely cause brain damage. I think that if people want to use paint they should use it to paint things with. Kids have to find better things to do with there lives then looking for crazy ways to get high. Trying to achieve positive goals is the best high you can get and it's harmless.
  9. Dilof

    Dilof Member

    The sniffing of industrial man made substances leads to brain damage a lot faster than any plant-based product would, as said above. Irreversible brain damage as well as stuff like kidney and lung failure are also possible. The cells in your brain literally kill themselves due to the toxins destroying tissue in your brain, leading to memory loss and psychological disorders which mirror schizophrenia. The fastest way to destroy yourself is through inhalants.
  10. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    I know what you mean, there are many destitute folks in my country as well, and glue sniffing seems to be the more popular option for most. I've never come across anyone that sniffs paint but I'm sure they're out there. I'm also certain that most of these folks don't live too long, especially if they started sniffing at an early point in their lives.
  11. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    I heard that kids are doing this. Even when I was a kid they sniffed glue or any nitro based or whatever thing. It is very dangerous for brain and heart and I even heard they sniffed bronze but I have no idea how is that possible. I highly recommend everyone not to do that because my country is also poor and I have seen several people having serious problems because of this and some even died of something... I never went to close about this and I don't know all the whys and hows.
  12. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Yes, it is one of the tragedies of our times. Young people sometimes even children fall victim to this. I taught in a school one time where a six year old boy had died over the summer from huffing. It causes brain damage and death. Sniffing glue, paint thinner or other substances is one of the more dangerous things you can do.
  13. darkrebelchild

    darkrebelchild Community Champion

    That is a very sad situation. These sniffing can cause damage faster and I really do feel sorry for these people because they want to bury their hardship in a world of temporary insanity.

    I do wish the situation changes for all of them fast; there is always hope when we wish for the best. I am sending you all the best.