1 March 2003 Volume 3 Issue 1 Breaking News for the Treatment Field Inhalants What are inhalants? Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors or gases that produce psychoactive (mind-altering) effects when abused or misused. These include volatile organic solvents, fuel gases, nitrites, and anesthetic gases. They do not include inhaled medicinal drugs that are taken as prescribed. Once commonly referred to as glue sniffing, inhalant abuse now includes a broad range of volatile solvents and gas products (e.g., model airplane glue, paint thinner, gasoline, and nail polish remover), aerosols (e.g., nonstick cooking spray and hair spray), anesthetics (e.g., nitrous oxide or laughing gas and ether), and nitrites (e.g., amyl, butyl, and isobutyl nitrites, often marketed as poppers or room odorizers). (Other powdered drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, can be inhaled but are not considered inhalants.) Although the chemicals involved and their effects vary, the route of administration is the common factor. What are the most common modes of administration? Inhalants are abused either by sniffing through the nose or inhaling fumes through the open mouth ( huffing ) much like a smoker inhales cigarette smoke. Usually the open tube of glue, nail polish, or marker is placed close to the nose and the fumes are inhaled. People who abuse inhalants may also spray the substance into a plastic or paper bag and huff that way ( bagging ) or even place the bag over the entire head. Often a product will be poured or sprayed on a piece of cloth, a rag, a towel, or a shirt sleeve or into a soda can and inhaled in that manner. Another method is to paint the fingernails with a product such as correction fluid and inhale the substance from the nails. Sometimes an aerosol substance is sprayed directly into the mouth. Substances also can be placed into alternative containers (e.g., balloon filled with nitrous oxide) or heated and then inhaled (Synergies 2002). Who is likely to abuse inhalants? Contrary to popular perception, people who abuse inhalants are found throughout the population and no one group can be categorized as inhalant abusers. In 2001, more than 18.2 million Americans reported ever having used an inhalant, and 141,000 were estimated to need treatment because they were dependent on or abused inhalants. According to the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (SAMHSA 2002d), 8.6 percent of youth between 12 and 17 had used inhalants some time in their lives. The Household Survey reported that 13.4 percent of young adults ages had used inhalants and 7.1 percent of persons 26 and older. Lifetime prevalence by gender and race/ethnicity was 8.9% for white males, 9.8% for white females, 8.3% for Hispanic males, 7.4% for Hispanic females, 5.0% for black males, and 6.8% for black females (SAMHSA 2002a). The categories of inhalants most frequently reported by youth were glue or toluene (3.6%) and gasoline or lighter fluid (3.0%). Among young adults, the most popular was nitrous oxide or whippets (9.3%) and for adults it was nitrous oxide or whippets (3.4%) and amyl nitrite, poppers, Locker Room Odorizers, or Rush (3.4%) (SAMHSA 2002a). U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for continued on reverse...
2 March 2003, Volume 3, Issue 1 Very few people who abuse inhalants are treated in facilities that receive funds from State alcohol and drug agencies. In 2000, only 1,251 persons (0.1% of all admissions) entered treatment with a primary diagnosis of inhalant dependency. Of these inhalant clients, 72.4% were male, 65.9% were white, 16.6% were Hispanic, and 10.3% were American Indian or Alaska Native; 44% were under age 18. Some 28% reported daily use of inhalants, 26% had used inhalants by age 12, and another 30% had used by age 14; 61% had used other drugs as well as inhalants (SAMHSA 2002e). People who abuse inhalants also seek care in emergency rooms, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), which is a national sample of hospitals with 24- hour emergency departments. In 2001, 676 individuals who mentioned inhalants as a drug of abuse were seen in the DAWN sample, but in the first half of 2002 alone, 559 had been seen. Of the 2001 inhalant patients, 10% were 17 or younger, 33% were 18 25, 10% were 26 34, and 47% were 35 or older (SAMHSA 2002b). Use of inhalants can result in death. Bowen et al. (1999) reported on 39 deaths in Virginia between 1987 and 1996 from acute voluntary exposure to inhalants. Median age was 19 years; 46% of the cases involved butane or propane. Maxwell (2001) reported 144 deaths in Texas between 1988 and 1998 in which use or abuse of inhalants was mentioned on the death certificates. Median age was 24, and 35% of the cases involved chlorofluorocarbons or Freon. Mortality data reported to DAWN show deaths that were due to or involved inhalants: Birmingham (1), Chicago (6), Dallas (1), Louisville (1), Milwaukee (2), New Orleans (1), Oklahoma City (7), Philadelphia (2), and San Diego (2) (SAMHSA 2002c). Why are inhalants popular? Most inhalants are readily available, inexpensive or free, and usually legal to purchase and possess. The high is achieved instantly and lasts only about 5 15 minutes. (Pandina and Hendren 1999). Because products are easy to conceal and are useful everyday products (e.g., permanent What Types of Products Can Be Abused? General Supplies cements and glues; correction fluid; magic markers; solvent-based dry erase markers Cleaning Supplies any product in an aerosol can; aerosol air fresheners and deodorizers; computer air duster Wood Shop paints; varnishes; stains; paint thinner; contact cement Art Supplies rubber cement; printing inks; spray paints and clear finishes Auto degreasers; spray lubricants; Fix-a-Flat type products; solvents; Freon ; brake fluid; gasoline; lacquers; thinners Health and Beauty nail polish and nail polish remover; hair spray; deodorants Cooking Supplies cooking spray; whipping cream in aerosol cans; whipping cream cartridges (whippets)! Source: Synergies 2002, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health markers, correction fluid) found in homes, offices, and schools, it is difficult to prevent access to them. Further, because abusable products are so common, many youth do not perceive them as harmful and do not understand the consequences of using them (Johnston et al. 2002). What do inhalants do? Inhalants provide an instant rush and, like alcohol, cause euphoria followed by central nervous system depression (Pandina and Hendren 1999). Deep breathing of the toxic vapors may result in losing touch with one s surroundings, a loss of self-control, violent behavior, nausea, unconsciousness, giddiness, loss of inhibition, loss of appetite, and, at higher dosages, hallucinations (Kurtzman et al. 2
3 March 2003, Inhalants 2001; Pandina and Hendren 1999). Inhalants can cause loss of motor skills, slurred speech, heart palpitations, seizures, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, among other things (Kurtzman et al. 2001). Signs of inhalant abuse include huffer s rash or drying and redness around the mouth and nose; spots or sores around the mouth; red or runny eyes or nose; paint or stains on body or clothing; chemical breath odor; drunk, dazed, or dizzy appearance; sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and excess salivation; an unexplained collection of abusable products; nausea and loss of appetite; and anxiety, excitability, and irritability (Synergies 2002). The debilitating and lethal effects of inhalants can occur even with first use. Sudden sniffing death syndrome usually is caused by the irregular heart rate induced by inhalants; other cardiac effects are hypotension (low blood pressure), tachycardia (rapid heart beat), and bradycardia (slow heart beat). Other significant effects may include coma, seizures, brain damage, and lead poisoning (Kurtzman et al. 2001). Additional inhalant dangers are suffocation (e.g., from bagging), fire-related injuries from inhalant combustion (especially if the inhalant is heated or a cigarette is lit in a closed area where the inhalant is being abused), and accidents related to impaired judgment, lack of motor skills, or high-risk behavior. What are the long-term effects of inhalant abuse? Solvents are easily absorbed from the blood into lipid-rich tissues (i.e., fatty tissues) (Kurtzman et al. 2001). Chronic inhalant abuse significantly damages the heart, lungs, kidney, liver, and peripheral nerves (Pandina and Hendren 1999); it can cause heart failure and complete hepatic and renal failure (Kurtzman et al. 2001). Continued, chronic inhalant abuse has been associated with neurological damage (Rosenberg et al. 1988a, 1988b). People who abuse inhalants chronically have demonstrated a range of mental dysfunction, from mild cognitive impairment (e.g., lack of concentration or attention, poor memory, and poor learning skills) to severe dementia (National Institute on Drug Abuse 2000). However, studies often have not been able to answer whether or to what extent neurological dysfunction existed before inhalant abuse (Pandina and Hendren 1999). It is not clear whether the neurological effects of inhalant abuse are permanent or transitory (Jumper-Thurman and Beauvais 1992; Ron 1986). Emotional problems, including violent behavior, and mental disorders, particularly antisocial personality disorders and depression, have been associated with inhalant abuse, but there is no plausible evidence at this time that inhalant abuse actually causes psychiatric conditions in any direct way (Compton et al. 1994). Are inhalants addictive? Do they lead to further drug abuse? Studies have reported that people who abuse inhalants can build up tolerance (Ron 1986), which requires them to increase their dosages to achieve the intoxication effect. They also can develop cravings for inhalants (Keriotis and Upadhyaya 2000). Withdrawal symptoms sleep disturbance, nausea, tremors, and irritability, all lasting several days have been described (Brouette and Anton 2001). Early abuse of inhalants has been related to later use of illicit drugs, particularly heroin (Bennett et al. 2000; Johnson et al. 1995; Schutz et al. 1994). It is not clear, however, that inhalants are a gateway drug; rather, inhalant abuse may be a marker for risk of other drug use (Compton et al. 1994; Dinwiddie 1994). How can people who abuse inhalants be treated? As a group, people who abuse inhalants differ from people who abuse other drugs. They often have multiple problems, such as polydrug abuse, a chaotic family life, low selfesteem, poor academic records, personality disorders, and poor cognitive function, and they may present with neurological deficiencies. Thus, treatment is more complicated and requires more resources than for people who abuse other 3
4 March 2003, Volume 3, Issue 1 drugs. Many drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs do not accept people who abuse inhalants, and those that do consider treatment ineffective for such clients (Dinwiddie 1994; Malesevich and Jadin 1995). There are few references to evidence-based treatment protocols in the literature (National Inhalants Prevention Coalition 1997; Reidel et al. 1995). However, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), through its Center for (CSAT) and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), has funded an Inhalant Resource Center that will provide resource guides and make recommendations for additional materials concerning the treatment of people who abuse inhalants. Taking into account problems unique to people who abuse inhalants, a number of treatment approaches have been suggested. Because people who abuse inhalants typically consume a variety of inhalants, a detailed history and thorough physical examination is especially important to identify specific substances abused and their physical effects, followed by medical treatment of physical conditions. Inhalants can stay in the body for weeks; therefore detoxification periods could extend for a month (Jumper- Thurman et al. 1995). Abusers often are not ready to begin therapy until detoxification is complete, and they often require therapy for a long duration (possibly as long as 2 years) (Jumper-Thurman and Beauvais 1992). Because people who abuse inhalants tend to have a short attention span and difficulty with complex thinking, initial therapy sessions should be short (e.g., minutes) (Jumper- Thurman and Beauvais 1992). Treatment programs are encouraged to scan their premises for products that clients could inhale to get high while in treatment. A nonsolvent, nonaerosol-based product should be substituted when possible; if there is no substitute, use of these products should be closely monitored by staff. Family involvement in treatment is especially important for young people. Intervention to improve parenting or bonding skills or treatment of parental substance abuse may be needed (Jumper-Thurman and Beauvais 1992; Brouette and Anton 2001). Because inhalant abuse is often a group activity, especially among youth, abusers need to become part of new peer groups that do not abuse inhalants or other drugs (Jumper-Thurman and Beauvais 1992). However, people who abuse inhalants are looked down on by people who abuse other drugs, so group therapy should be introduced into treatment gradually (Malesevich and Jadin 1995). Treatment plans should take into account that relapse is common among people who abuse inhalants (Reidel et al. 1995). It may be helpful to introduce abusers to safe and healthy forms of recreation. Aftercare and followup are particularly important for this group of abusers (Jumper- Thurman and Beauvais 1992; Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse 1997) and may involve multiple community resources (schools, faith-based organizations, recreation programs, community centers, etc.). Finally, people who abuse inhalants often need help developing basic life skills (e.g., in hygiene, nutrition, school attendance, and job skills) (Jumper-Thurman and Beauvais 1992). Education about the effects and dangers of inhalants may help people abstain from abusing inhalants. Education is a key to primary prevention of inhalant abuse. A study that found abuse among Native Americans decreasing since the mid-1990s attributed the change to targeted prevention efforts in that population (Beauvais et al. 2002). Because inhalant abuse starts early, early education (e.g., in elementary school) is needed (Dinwiddie 1994; Kurtzman et al. 2001). However, raising awareness by describing all the potential inhalants that are subject to abuse may have the unintended effect of increasing abuse among adolescents (Beauvais et al. 2002).! 4
5 March 2003, Inhalants What Constitutes Effective Treatment of People Who Abuse Inhalants? People who abuse inhalants are thought to be an easily overlooked and undertreated population. In many ways, they are like other people who are chemically dependent, but they also have unique treatment needs. Currently, treatment protocols are based on limited experience and research, primarily with disadvantaged Native American and Hispanic populations in Southwestern and Midwestern United States. The checklist below includes questions you should consider as you review treatment protocols or guide program development. " Do you provide information about inhalant abuse to referral sources? Do referral sources understand the dangers of inhalant abuse and the need for intervention? People who abuse inhalants are a hidden population. They rarely seek treatment, and inhalant abuse is often undetected because it is not on the radar screen. " Do you rigorously assess for inhalant abuse? Do you know what inhalants are abused and how they are abused? Do you know patterns of abuse so that you can converse with clients who may be reluctant and embarrassed to discuss their abuse? Do you ask clients why they are attracted to inhalants (very quick acting, short duration, free or low cost, easy availability, not prosecutable, hard to test for, like the high, often overlooked as a drug)? " Does your program allow for adequate detoxification? Depending on type of product abused and length of abuse, detoxification from the acute effects of solvents and gases may last for 2 to 6 weeks. During this time, the program may need to make adjustments. " Do you thoroughly assess for cognitive functioning, neurological damage, and physical effects? Levels of physical and cognitive dysfunction vary greatly, but some people who abuse inhalants show high levels of deterioration. Physical damage needs to be assessed early, but cognitive and neurological evaluations are often postponed until after detoxification. In some treatment populations, a high percentage of people who abuse inhalants have experienced physical and sexual abuse. " Does treatment include specific inhalant-focused components? Do you provide inhalant abuse prevention education? Many people in treatment are not aware of the toxicity and lethality of inhalants; they are, after all, toxins, poisons, pollutants, and fire hazards. Do you address life-skills issues? Some people start abusing inhalants as early as elementary school; along with the neurological damage, early abuse can result in poorly developed life and academic skills. Do you take into account cognitive deficits by using brief (20-minute) and concrete interventions? " Does family involvement include attending education sessions about inhalants, removing inhalants from the home, and providing extra support and supervision that clients may need? Treatment programs need to thoroughly assess the stability, structure, and dynamics of the family. If family support is limited, programs should consider alternatives such as foster care. " Are inhalants accessible in your treatment program? Do you have a policy to secure dry erase markers, nail polish and remover, correction fluid, solvent-based glues, and aerosol products (such as deodorants, hair spray, shaving cream, cleaning products, and canned whipped cream) in your program? " Are staff members knowledgeable about inhalant abuse? Do they have realistic expectations for recovery? To effectively treat inhalant abuse, counselors need to understand the unique aspects of the problem, including the slow rate of recovery. " Does your aftercare planning take into account the special problems of inhalant abuse? These include easy availability of inhalants, residual cognitive impairment, and poor social functioning. Has a school-based advocate or counselor been included in the plan?! Sources: Jumper-Thurman and Beauvais 1992; Jumper-Thurman et al. 1995; Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, The checklist was developed by Howard C. Wolfe, CASPAR Youth Services, 661 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 14, Arlington, MA 02476; For more information, visit the Massachusetts Inhalant Abuse Task Force Web site at 5
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8 March 2003, Volume 3, Issue 1 Resources for Additional Information Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD Web: Phone: National Inhalant Prevention Coalition Web: Phone: National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institutes of Health 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213 Bethesda, MD Web: Phone: Office of National Drug Control Policy Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse P.O. Box 6000 Rockville, MD Web: Phone: Advisory Advisory published on an as-needed basis for treatment providers was produced by Johnson, Bassin & Shaw, Inc., under contract , for the Center for (CSAT), of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Edwin M. Craft, Dr.P.H., LCPC, is the CSAT point of contact for the publication. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. For further information or to request information about Advisory, please contact Dr. Craft at Public Domain Notice: All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation of the source is appreciated. However, this publication may not be reproduced or distributed for a fee without the specific, written authorization of the Office of Communications, SAMHSA, HHS. Electronic Access and Copies of Publication: This publication can be accessed electronically through the Internet at Additional free print copies can be ordered from SAMHSA s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at Recommended Citation: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Inhalants. Advisory. Volume 3, Issue 1, March National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 7079 Oakland Mills Road Columbia, MD PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID COLUMBIA, MD PERMIT NO. 259 DHHS Publication No. (SMA) NCADI Publication No. MS922 Printed 2003
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Teen Misuse and Abuse of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Information for Parents Terminology Misuse: Using a drug in a way in which it was not intended Example: Using a higher dose of medication than was
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National Institute on Drug Abuse SEEKING DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT: KNOW WHAT TO ASK U.S. Department of Health and Human National Institutes of Health SEEKING DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT: KNOW WHAT TO ASK The goal
Treatment of Alcoholism Why is it important Prevents further to body by getting people off alcohol. Can prevent death. Helps keep health insurance down. Provides assistance so alcoholics don t t have to
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Overall Learning Objectives Understand the difference between use, misuse and abuse of substances/drugs; Differentiate between commonly abused legal and illegal substances/drugs; Become aware of common
Benzodiazepines And Sleeping Pills Psychological Medicine Introduction Benzodiazepines are a type of medication prescribed by doctors for its therapeutic actions in various conditions such as stress and
Alcohol Abuse Among our Nation s Youth What to do as educators The devastating rate of drug and alcohol abuse by American youth is cause for alarm and its prevention and treatment remains one of our nation
Substance Abuse 214-215 Chapter 1: Substance Abuse 265 214-215 Health of Boston Substance Abuse Substance abuse involves the excessive use of alcohol or illicit substances (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin,
1 About drugs Drugs are substances that change a person s physical or mental state. The vast majority of drugs are used to treat medical conditions, both physical and mental. Some, however, are used outside
Objectives Identify five serious physical effects of longterm alcohol abuse. Describe the three stages of alcoholism. List in order three steps taken during recovery from alcoholism. Slide 1 of 25 Myth
Behavioral Health Barometer Oklahoma, 2014 Acknowledgments This report was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by RTI International under contract No. 283
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DRUG ABUSE AND AWARENESS PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE OVERVIEW STATISTICS OF DRUG ABUSE THE BRAIN DRUG CLASSIFICATIONS LEVELS OF DRUG ABUSE SIGNS PREVENTION TECHNIQUES INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES
Interview: NIDA Director Discusses Drug Abuse Among Teens Nora Volkow, M.D., is the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The Challenge interviewed Dr. Volkow to discuss the research
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Iowa Governor s Office of Drug Control Policy medicines or take them in a manner not prescribed, we increase the risk of negative effects. It is estimated that over 35 million Americans are ages 65 and
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Reintegration Recovery Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Dependence Reintegration Resilience 02 How do you free yourself from the stress and risks of alcohol dependence? Most people cannot do it
Glossary Specialized terms used in this workbook and their meanings: Absorption: The way alcohol enters the bloodstream. Alcohol is absorbed into the blood through the stomach and small intestine. Addiction:
OVERVIEW OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY 1 Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 3 What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy? 4 CBT is an Effective Therapy 7 Addictions Treated
National Adolescent Health Information Center N 2007 Fact A H I C Sheet on Substance : Adolescents & Young Adults Highlights: 4 After an increase in the early 1990s, adolescent substance use has decreased
Introduction Amphetamines, which are classified as stimulants, work by using the dopamine reward system of the brain. When these drugs are used, the user s central nervous system is simulated which causes
http://www.teendrugabuse.us/marijuana.html Marijuana use among Teens Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug used by teens today. Approximately 60 percent of the kids who use drugs use only marijuana.
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Alcohol Awareness: An Orientation Alcohol Facts The most commonly used addictive substance in the United States o 17.6 million people (1 in 12 adults) suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence o Millions