Gases called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) could be used for the purposes of cooling back in the day before refrigeration or home air cooling technology took over. CFCs are cheap and easy to work with. CFCs also have a dark side. Super-light CFC gases used for cooling and refrigeration have been used by people who huff, or inhale, these dangerous gases to get high. Find out why people do it and how dangerous it is to inhale these toxins.
Freon is a toxic substance that may potentially kill someone exposed to it in an instant. There are tens of thousands of people in the United States who are inhaling this dangerous gas to experience intoxication. It is not discussed much by media who are mostly unaware this is happening. Freon losses have been reported by repairmen and service technicians who are fixing malfunctioning units they are called upon to fix. Freon is disappearing because it is being stolen, siphoned off by burglars who are working to acquire supplies of great value on the underground market.
Dangers of Huffing
Freon huffing involves inhalation of gas from a plastic bag placed over the head. Freon as an intoxicant works by driving oxygen out of the bloodstream. In this depleted state without oxygen, light-headed feelings of dizziness becomes something people crave over and over. The effects of the frigid gas, however, are biologically devastating in that anyone who puts this in their body is playing with fire. The extreme dangers of Freon huffing is obvious from the side effects users and medical professionals see, including:
- Severe throat pain
- Burning of lips, mouth, nose, tongue, eyes
- Burning of esophagus
- Severe abdominal pain
- Heart palpitations
- High blood pressure
- Bloody stool
- Freezing of lungs
- Brain damage
- Cardiac arrest
The fatality rate from Freon huffing is not high, given only a few reported individuals lose their lives per year. However, Freon can cause other issues for people which may only now be calculated. Freon may be phased out over the next few years and, with it, hopefully the desire and need to huff it for a high.
The inhalation of dangerous chemicals may fade away but it may also keep trending and cause many issues for people who suffer from addiction. People who are addicted to the high may find a crossover high somehow using another inhalant. The challenge is to identify them and offer support for treatment of addiction.
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