Toluene: Not a Laughing Matter

Toluene is an inhalent drug found in finger nail polish, fuel fumes, paint, solvents, and industrial feedstocks. Its chemical name is C7H8. Toluene has many street names including glue, locker room, rush, laughing gas, snappers, kick, and whiff. It has many short term effects as well as long term.

Toluene's short term effects include respiratory irritant, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, impaired vision, muscle spasms, dizziness, and loss of coordination. The long term effects include non-cancerous lesions, degeneration of the inner lining of the nose and respiratory tract, minor damage done to kidneys and liver functions.

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