Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Inhalant Abuse: An Overlooked Problem

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

Inhalant Abuse: An Overlooked Problem

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Byline: Sumit. Gupta, Sonali. Bali, R. Jiloha


The abuse of inhalants is an underreported and overlooked problem. The article published in last issue of the journal encouraged us to share our cases.[sup] [1]

A 14 year old schoolboy was brought to de-addiction clinic with complaints of inhaling typewriter correction fluid, lying to escape punishment, truancy from school, bullying younger brother, stealing money, running-away from home and declining academic performance. He would find time for huffing typewriter fluid after school when his parents were at work. His parents worked as sweepers and belonged to lower Socio-economic status. His father was alcohol dependent and patient had witnessed him taking alcohol and fighting with his mother in drunken state on several occasions. The locality in which they resided had many children using inhalants and some were patient's friends.

He was managed conservatively. He was psycho-educated about harmful effects of his behaviour. Parents were explained about behavioural reinforcement techniques and impact of role models on child behaviour. His father was enrolled in de-addiction clinic. For last three months, both patient and his father are maintaining abstinence and are on regular follow up. There is marked improvement in home atmosphere and bonding among family members.

In another case, Psychiatric consultation was sought for a 12 year old boy admitted in Orthopaedic Ward of associated Hospital. Patient was brought there in unconscious state after fall from a running train and both his legs and all fingers of right hand had to be amputated. …

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