32 - of inhalants at some time in their lives. One million...

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7/2/10 Inhalants Neurobiology of Addiction John Mihic, Ph.D. Waggoner Center for Alcohol & Addiction Research mihic@mail.utexas.edu 232-7174 MBB 1.148
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7/2/10 “All we can do is put them out when they set themselves on fire” RCMP Officer
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7/2/10 Profile of abusers: youths, low self-esteem, poor socio-economic background, disrupted living conditions, poor family relations, academic problems, exposure to substance-abusing peers.
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7/2/10 Psychoactive agents with diverse chemical structures. Inhaled agents rank fourth behind alcohol, marijuana and tobacco in incidence of abuse in the U.S. A 2005 study found that 17% of 8th graders, 13% of 10th graders, and 11.4% of 12th graders reported use
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Unformatted text preview: of inhalants at some time in their lives. One million new users in 2002; 78% under 18 and just over half male. Roughly 7% of those over the age of 12 have used inhalants (~20 million people in the U.S.). The greatest use appears to be among Hispanic and North American Indian youths between the ages of 12-17 with percentage use dropping as kids age from grades 8 to 12. Why kids this young? Inhaled drugs of Abuse 7/2/10 Inhalant use by the young 7/2/10 Whats the appeal for youngsters? 1. Inexpensive 2. Legal 3. Readily available 4. Discrete, easily concealed packaging 5. High occurs rapidly and disappears quickly Many kids age out of inhalant abuse. Why?...
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