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What they affect? Solvents slow down breathing and heartbeat rate. They also cause damage to the liver, lungs and brain. These products can often irritate our skin, eyes and respiratory system but they also damage to our nervous system. Sniffing solvents can cause massive damage to specific organs in our bodies depending on the tolerance our bodies have to the dose but it can also cause horrifying diseases as cancer in our liver and kidneys. Below is a diagram of Melanoma cancer caused by solvents which affects the brain, liver and lungs. Solvents By: Veruska Stepenka What are solvents? Solvents are products such as glue, paint, sharpie, nail polish remover and cleaning products that spread fumes that sniffers inhale in. These fumes are inhaled by the lungs and they soon reach the brain. These fumes are very popular for being the 1st drug teens begin with but they can cause more damage than heroin and cocaine put together. These products are commonly found at home and observe the picture above for an example of what solvents look like. How solvents affect your lifestyle? Did you know that some people die immediately after inhaling chemicals like aerosols, cleaning fluids, and butane gas. “Sudden Sniff” deaths are often caused due to heart failure. Solvent abuse can also affect a women’s fertility system due to the exposure to solvents while working with them, which can be inhaled and affect the baby’s health and their reproductive organs. Another thing solvents affect is your memory and thinking, after decades and decades of working around fumes and solvents your memory will begin to fail and decrease. Treatments for solvent abuse One treatment that is highly recommended is actually to change your lifestyle and speak to your kids about drugs just so they are warned about drugs that are available in the world that could ruin their future and possibly a drug that their parents were dependent on for a while in their life. Teenagers tend to experiment with drugs because of two main reasons. The first one being the fact that they like to experiment new things and the second one that they say no one has ever told them not to do drugs. Teens begin their drug experimentation with the thought of thinking drugs won’t harm them and their experimentation always begins with alcohol then inhalants or solvents commonly found at home. It has been proven 75% of 8th graders have tried alcohol and 55% of them by 6th grade. Drug therapy is a great place to begin if you want to make a change in your life and stop depending on the drug. Drug therapy for solvents consist of helping the patient to stop sniffing, inhaling and huffing such solvents like glue, nail polish and product which patients tend to put inside a plastic bag with their mouth over the bag and begin inhaling. In the sidebar you can observe examples of solvents abuse.