Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Inhalants Favored among Adolescents

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Inhalants Favored among Adolescents

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WASHINGTON -- The drugs of choice for children aged 12 and 13 years are inhalants, surpassing pain relievers, marijuana, and any other illegal drug, with 3.4% of 12-year-olds and 4.8% of 13-year-olds using in the past year.

This is according to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (http:// oas.samhsa.gov).

Additionally, data from eighth-graders who participated in the Monitoring the Future survey conducted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, showed a 9.3% prevalence of inhalant abuse among females in that age group, and 8.3% overall prevalence.

These data were presented at a press briefing on inhalant abuse at which Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of SAMHSA's Center for Drug Abuse Treatment, and other experts spoke about identifying and preventing inhalant abuse in patients, especially teens.

"Products that we consider essential to our daily routines, that tend to be almost invisible because they are so common, can be deadly if used inappropriately," he said. (See box.)

"According to our data from the household survey, approximately 1 million adolescents used inhalants in 2006," Dr. …

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