The numbers of adolescents aged 12 to 17 using inhalants decreased from 820,000 in 2011 to about 650,000 in 2012, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Inhalants are defined in the survey as “liquids, sprays, and gases that people sniff or inhale to get high or to make them feel good.”
Inhalant use among adolescents has generally declined since 2006. Rates decreased from 4.4 percent in 2006 to 2.6 percent in 2012. The decline was also among several demographic groups and in numerous metropolitan areas.
“This downward trend of inhalant use in adolescents is very encouraging,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “Nevertheless, we must all continue our efforts to raise awareness about the dangers and health risks of this deadly and addictive problem among our youth.”
SAMHSA, through community-based programs like Partnerships for Success and Drug Free Communities, works to reach children and young people with important information about the risks of inhalants and other forms of substance use.
The report entitled, Recent Declines in Adolescent Inhalant Use is based on findings from SAMHSA’s 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) – an annual survey that collects data by administering questionnaires to a representative sample of the populations through face-to-face interviews at their place of residence.
The complete report findings are available on the SAMHSA web site here. Report last updated 0800 on 03/19/2014
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.