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April 16th, 2002 at 8:34 am

Inhaled Solvents Act Like Cocaine on Brain-Study

The fumes from glue, lighters and other solvents that children and young adults inhale go straight to the same brain regions that are stimulated by cocaine and other drugs, researchers said on Monday in a study that shed light on the appeal of “huffing.”



Brain scans show that chemicals such as toluene move very quickly to pleasure centers — then move out to other brain cells, causing the damage that can make sniffers lose their memory, suffer vision problems and eventually develop serious mental defects. More here.

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