What are the signs of volatile substance abuse?

The usual signs of volatile substance use are mostly non-specific and could have other common causes.
They may include:

  • dizziness
  • slurred speech
  • loss of coordination
  • talking as if hallucinating
  • paranoia and anxiety
  • a chemical spill
  • changes in appetite
  • persistently runny nose or eye irritations
  • complaining of headaches
  • rashes and pimples around the nose and mouth

If we saw them before
they’d started using, and then after
they’d been using for a little while - we can
see that they might be a little bit slower in
their thought patterns. They’re often very,
very emotionally expressive.
Ben Birks