Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Survey: Adults Ahead on Inhalant Abuse Admissions

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Survey: Adults Ahead on Inhalant Abuse Admissions

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WASHINGTON -- Adults represent more than half of the patients admitted to substance abuse treatment programs for using inhalants, new data show.

The survey, released in March and conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), also shows that in 2008, 32% of the adults who had treatment admissions involving inhalants were aged 30-44 years, and 16% were 45 and older.

The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition announced the findings at a press conference in collaboration with SAMHSA. The press conference was held in recognition of the annual National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.

Harvey Weiss, executive director of the coalition, suggested that it might be time to broaden the traditional focus on inhalant prevention among children and adolescents. "The frequency of e-mails and calls on our toll-free hotline from people needing help for spouses, older siblings and friends, parents, and even grandparents has led us to understand that people of all ages are at risk," he said.

Dr. Jennifer N. Caudle, an osteopathic family physician representing the American Osteopathic Association who attended the press conference, said adults can be drawn to use inhalants for reasons similar to those cited by adolescents: Inhalants are inexpensive, easy to find, and legal,

Howard C. Wolfe, an inhalant expert and director of the New England Inhalant Abuse Coalition, said many inhalant abusers are turned away from treatment programs because of rages caused by neurological damage. …

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