Solvent Fumes Affect Brain Like Cocaine

The fumes from glue, lighters, and solvents that children and young adults inhale go straight to the same brain regions that are stimulated by cocaine and other drugs. researchers said yesterday 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.

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