CHARLES WILLIAM SHARP, PH.D.; RICHARD C. STILLMAN, M.D
Inhalant abuse, the potentially dangerous practice of inhaling volatile compounds for their psychological or physiologic effects, is a widespread and often unrecognized problem. Widely differing compounds are inhaled, from gasoline and paint sprays to the alkyl nitrites (1). Though each has its peculiar risks, the abused volatile substances have in common that they are legal and readily available, that their effects are produced very rapidly because they enter the pulmonary circulation immediately, and that their mode of administration entails risks of death, usually from anoxia with little or no warning.
Originally amyl nitrite, an analog of the butyl nitrites, was
SHARP CW, STILLMAN RC. Blush Not with Nitrites. Ann Intern Med. ;92:700–701. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-5-700
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(5):700-701.
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