Some people use solvent chemicals found in glues, paints, and gasses to get high. These types of chemicals are referred to as inhalants.
Inhaling these chemicals produce similar feelings to alcohol and anesthetics. Inhalant use is called huffing. Users soak rags in chemicals or put the chemicals in cans or cups and then breathe the fumes.
Is Possession of an Inhalant Illegal?
No, at least for the types discussed in this article and listed below (the so-called solvent chemicals).
Indeed, many of these chemicals are found in products people use on a daily basis, such as nail polish remover, cleaning products, and airplane glue. This distinguishes the solvent chemical category of substances from controlled substances, which are illegal to possess without a prescription.
Use of an Inhalant to get High is against the Law
Nevertheless, the use of an inhalant to get intoxicated is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a $100 fine with costs, both, or probation. MCL 752.272.
Can I get 7411 for Inhalant Use?
No, the 7411 statute is a deferral program for first-time drug use and possession crimes. 7411 means a person is put on probation and the person’s record of the charge is made non-public. The 7411 statute does not mention inhalant use as a type of charge eligible for deferral. MCL 333.7411. However, there may be other options to keep a conviction off your record.
Links to Articles Discussing Inhalant Use
- Collection of Inhalant Law Articles
- U.S. National Library of Medicine Article on Inhalant Use and Abuse
- University of Michigan: Michigan Medicine Page on Inhalant Use
List of Solvent Chemicals
The following is a list of chemicals used as inhalants and are found in products that are legal to buy. Such products include airplane glue, aerosol, spray paint, hair spray, dry cleaners, spot removers, degreasers, lacquers, nail polish, thinners, paint removers, fire extinguishers, correction fluid and thinner, and gasoline.
- Dimethyl ether
- Ethyl acetate
- Methyl butyl ketone
- Methyl chloride
- Methylene chloride
- Methyl ethyl ketone
- Petroleum distillates
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