ERIC Number: ED450311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
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Inhalant Abuse. Research Report Series.
National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Although many parents are appropriately concerned about illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and LSD, they often ignore the dangers posed to their children from common household products such as glues, nail polish remover, lighter fluid, spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays, canned whipped cream, and cleaning fluids. Many young people inhale the vapors from these sources in search of quick intoxication without being aware of the serious health consequences that can result. Through scientific research, much has been learned about the nature and extent of inhalant abuse, its pharmacology, and its consequences. This research has brought the picture of inhalant abuse in our Nation into focus and pointed to the dangers and the warning signs for parents, educators, and clinicians. This report provides a compilation of the latest scientific information concerning inhalant abuse. It defines inhalants; discusses patterns and the scope of inhalant abuse; describes how inhalants are used and how their effects are produced; explains the short- and long-term effects as well as the medical consequence of inhalant use; describes special risks for nitrate abusers; and lists resources for further information. (Author/MKA)
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Authoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.