TOXICS INFORMATION PROJECT (TIP)

Liberty Goodwin, Director

P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940

Tel. 401-351-9193, E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org

Website:  www.toxicsinfo.org

(Lighting the Way to Less Toxic Living)

 

 

NIPC / NIPAW INHALANT UPDATE
MARCH 18TH, 2007

 

 

Online parent training developed by the New England Inhalant Prevention Coalition (which was created with CSAP funding) can be found at http://www.inhalantabusetraining.org  There is a general training format and several geared to individual states. For more information you can contact Howard Wolfe, Director of Coalition, by going to http://www.inhalantprevention.org/. There is a great deal of information on this site (eventually I’ll have links to this on our web site).

 

Another source for an excellent power point inhalant show (with script) developed by Isabel Burk at the Health Network:  http://www.healthnetwork.org/ Mention this blurb for a discount.

 

Another great resource is the Speaker Presentations for NIDA’s Inhalant Abuse Among Children and Adolescents:  Consultation on Building an International Research Agenda.  You can find this at:

http://international.drugabuse.gov/meetings/inhalant_presentations.html  

 

The presentations are slide shows that y’all might wish to review.

 

If anyone is interested in the issue of inhalant abuse gender differences, please go to the Monitoring the Future site at http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/new.html  and look at Volume 1, Tables D 10, D 11 and D 12.  One of the things to notice is that, at the eighth grade level, female inhalant abuse has exceeded male’s use every year since 1992.  Further, when comparing 2004 to 2005, female use has increased while male use has declined (the same is true for 10th graders).

 

Most states are included in CDC’s YRBSS = Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System which can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/ .  From there you can look up inhalant statistic, by several different parameters, for your state as well as compare your state to other states. The findings from this program indicate:

 

Lifetime Inhalant Use

 

Nationwide, 12.4% of students had sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high one or more times during their life (i.e., lifetime inhalant use) (Table 34).

 

Overall, the prevalence of lifetime inhalant use was higher among female (13.5%) than male (11.3%) students; higher among white female (14.8%) than white male (12.0%) students; and higher among 9th grade female (17.3%) and 10th grade female (14.9%) than 9th grade male (11.0%) and 10th grade male (11.6%) students, respectively.

 

Overall, the prevalence of lifetime inhalant use was higher among white (13.4%) and Hispanic (13.0%) than black (6.8%) students; higher among white female (14.8%) and Hispanic female (13.5%) than black female (6.2%) students; and higher among white male (12.0%)and Hispanic male (12.5%) than black male (7.4%) students. 

 

Overall, the prevalence of lifetime inhalant use was higher among 9th grade (14.1%) than 11th grade (11.4%) and 12th grade (10.1%) students; higher among 10th grade (13.2%) than 12th grade (10.1%) students; and higher among 9th grade female (17.3%) and 10th grade female (14.9%) than 11th grade female (11.6%) and 12th grade female (9.3%) students. Prevalence of lifetime inhalant use ranged from 8.6% to 17.1% across state surveys (median: 12.2%) and from 5.5% to 17.9% across local surveys (median: 9.7%) (Table 35).

 

A copy of SAMHSA’s inhalant report that was released at our Thursday News Conference is at http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k7/inhalants/inhalants.cfm  The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health can be found at http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/latest.htm#Prev

 

When looking for treatment facilities go to the Center  for Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT) treatment locator at http://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/   If anyone knows of an inhalant treatment facility, please let us know.

 

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