Chroming

Chroming is when a person inhales solvents or other household chemicals to get high. Chroming has short and long term effects. It has serious health effects and can be addictive. You can get help if you're addicted to chroming.

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  • information about chroming 
  • the effects of chroming
  • knowing about getting hooked on chroming
  • getting help with drug problems
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What's chroming and what does it do?

Chroming is when someone inhales petrol, paint, glue, and other things (normally stuff around the house) that have chemicals in them to get a buzz. It’s also sometimes known as huffing or sniffing. Chroming involves breathing in chemicals that are depressants. People chroming might:
  • get drowsy
  • feel more relaxed and happier
  • get a runny nose, cough and glazed eyes
  • get excited, fidgety or restless
  • get nosebleeds, bloodshot eyes and sores around their nose and mouth
  • be really uncoordinated
  • want to take risks and do dangerous thing
  • get hangovers and headaches afterwards
If you do chroming regularly it has long-term effects. These can include
  • brain damage
  • messed up thinking patterns
  • addiction
  • damage to your internal organs
  • anger problems.

Getting hooked

If you get addicted to chroming it can be really hard to stop.

Stopping can mean you get withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • feeling sick
  • feeling anxious
  • feeling dizzy
  • feeling depressed and annoyed.
You can and should get help if you or someone you know is addicted to chroming. A doctor, counsellor, nurse or other mental health person is a good option.

Getting help

You can get help with chroming. Speak to a doctor, counsellor, nurse or psychologist, or check out the Australian Drug Information Network.

What can I do now?

  • In an emergency, call 000.
  • Don’t be pressured by friends into doing drugs.
  • Don’t mix with other drugs or alcohol.
Last reviewed: 05 August, 2014
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