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SAMHSA News - March/April 2007, Volume 15, Number 2


Short Report Focuses on Inhalants

Timed to coincide with the 15th Annual National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week in March, SAMHSA released a new short report showing that inhalant use is increasing among girls age 12 to 17.

Percentages of Past-Year Use of Specific Types of Inhalants among Recent Inhalant Initiates Age 12 to 17 - click to view report onlineFor specific inhalants, prevalence rates differed for males and females. (See chart.)

Rates of past-year inhalant use by girls increased from 4.1 percent in 2002 to 4.9 percent in 2005, according to the report, Patterns and Trends in Inhalant Use by Adolescent Males and Females: 2002-2005.

Overall, 1.1 million young people between the ages of 12 and 17 were estimated to have used inhalants in the past year.

Inhalants are common household products such as shoe polish, glue, aerosol air fresheners, nail polish, gasoline, and lighter fluids. The inhalation or “huffing” of these substances to get high can result in serious health problems, addiction, and “Sudden Sniffing Death.”

To view the complete report online, visit SAMHSA’s Web site at www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/inhalants/inhalants.cfmEnd of Article

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SAMHSA News - March/April 2007, Volume 15, Number 2