Inhalant abuse

Janet F. Williams, Michael Storck, Alain Joffe, Marylou Behnke, John R. Knight, Patricia K. Kokotailo, Tammy Sims, George Brenneman, Indu Agarwal, Joseph T. Bell, Vincent M. Biggs, Ruth Etzel, Benjamin Hoffman, James N. Jarvis

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Inhalant abuse is the intentional inhalation of a volatile substance for the purpose of achieving an altered mental state. As an important, yet-underrecognized form of substance abuse, inhalant abuse crosses all demographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic boundaries, causing significant morbidity and mortality in school-aged and older children. This clinical report reviews key aspects of inhalant abuse, emphasizes the need for greater awareness, and offers advice regarding the pediatrician's role in the prevention and management of this substance abuse problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1009-1017
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Drug abuse
  • Inhalant abuse
  • Inhalants
  • Inhaled nitrites
  • Solvent abuse
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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