Meeting to Draw Attention to Latest Research about Inhalant Abuse|
More than 17 Percent of 8th Graders Report Having Used Inhalants
According to the 2004 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of 8th,
10th, and 12th graders, lifetime inhalant use for 8th graders increased
significantly in the past year with more than 17 percent reporting
having purposely inhaled potentially toxic vapors often found in
common household products.
To bring attention to inhalant abuse, the National Institute on
Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, will host a meeting,
Inhalant Abuse: An Increasing Problem in Youth, on Tuesday, January
11, 2005, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 147B of the Washington, DC Convention
Center. The meeting will coincide with the Community Anti-Drug
Coalitions of America’s (CADCA’s) National Leadership
This CADCA forum is the nation’s largest training conference
for community coalition activists and substance abuse professionals,
featuring more than 80 workshops on the latest research in the
substance abuse prevention and treatment fields.
The MTF survey, funded by NIDA and released in December 2004,
showed that lifetime use of inhalants among 8th-graders continued
to rise — increasing from 15.8 percent of 8th graders in 2003
to 17.3 percent of 8th graders in 2004.
“To reverse this alarming trend, NIDA will be working with
CADCA and other partners to educate parents, children and others
that inhalants — often common household products (glue, shoe
polish, gasoline) can create potentially deadly vapors and can
cause serious damage to major organs, including the brain, liver,
heart, kidneys, and lungs,“ Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director,
explained. “We’ll also use the Internet to inform the
public about inhalant abuse. Those who are interested can log onto
NIDA’s new website, www.inhalants.drugabuse.gov, for the
latest information about inhalant abuse. NIDA also has just published
an Inhalants Community Drug Alert Bulletin that will be distributed
online and in hard copy to organizations and individuals around
In addition to welcoming remarks from Dr. Volkow and NIDA’s
partners, CADCA Chairman and CEO Arthur T. Dean (Major General,
U.S. Army Retired) and National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)
Founder and Executive Director Harvey Weiss, attendees will hear
about the latest research on inhalant abuse. Researchers from around
the country will discuss use patterns, prevention strategies and
the application of neuroimaging advances related to inhalants.
Speakers include: Dr. Lloyd Johnston of the University of Michigan,
Dr. Robert Balster of Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Stephen
Dewey of Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Dr. William Crano
of Claremont Graduate University.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National
Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world’s research
on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute
carries out a large variety of programs to ensure the rapid dissemination
of research information and its implementation in policy and
practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse
and information on NIDA research and other activities can be
found on the NIDA home page at http://www.drugabuse.gov.