Thursday, March 31, 2011

New SAMHSA Report Indicates That The Majority of Treatment-Seeking Inhalant Users Are Adults

Earlier this week, CPDD member and Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), Dr. H. Westley Clark,  offered an interesting and informative interview on inhalant abuse and research to
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Inhalants include correction fluids, glues, anesthetics, spray paints, aerosols, amyl nitrites (poppers), nitrous oxide (whippets), gasoline fumes, shoe polish, and toluene.  Comprehensive information about inhalants can be found on the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website and at the website of the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC), whose Director, Mr. Harvey Weiss, received the CPDD Media Award in 2006 for his multimedia efforts to convey the dangers of inhalant abuse to the public.

Dr. Clark reported on new SAMHSA data showing that adults aged 18 and older make up the majority (54%) of inhalant abuse treatment seekers.  The majority of prior inhalant research focused on adolescents and these new data show that adults are vulnerable to developing inhalant use disorders as well.

The data suggest that more inhalant research should focus on adults.

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