Inhalants: Law and order
Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 4:37 pm
Massachusetts considers inhalant abuse to be a crime against public health. As an example, following is the text of the pertinent Massachusetts General Law:
Section 18. Substance having property of releasing toxic vapors.
No person shall intentionally smell or inhale the fumes of any substance having the property of releasing toxic vapors, for the purpose of causing a condition of intoxication, euphoria, excitement, exhilaration, stupefaction, or dulled senses or nervous system, nor possess, buy or sell any such substance for the purpose of violating or aiding another to violate this section.
This section shall not apply to the inhalation of anesthesia for medical or dental purposes.
Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
Consequences also vary from state to state. They can include fines, jail time, and, less often, treatment.