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Adolescent drug abuse high even among sick kids

By Carol Forsloff     Apr 7, 2010 in Health
Glue sniffing and other types of inhalant use is a pastime for some adolescents but a risky one, according to recent research. A study revealed 1 in 20 young people with serious respiratory conditions have used deadly inhalants in the past year.
Data for the report was collected during the period 2006 to 2008 from a sample of 67,850 individuals aged 12 to 17 and sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that released the report today.
Research reports significant numbers adolescents use dangerous drugs with 143,000 found to inhale these drugs at the same time they were dealing with serious or potentially serious conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma or sinusitis.
The report goes on to state 44,000 adolescents daily put their lives and health at risk using inhalants. It found a 4.4 percent use of dangerous inhalants among young people with significant respiratory ailments.
Minority groups were found twice as likely to be involved in huffing as those in the general population. These included Native Americans with a 5.5 percent use compared to 2.5 percent use by African American young people.
The risk of inhalants increases when an individual has certain medical conditions that by themselves impair respiratory system functioning. Add to the equation dangerous inhalants, and the likelihood of permanent injury increases, as observed by Pamela S. Hude, JD, SAMHSA administrator.
“No one should engage in huffing. The consequences can be deadly,” said Hyde. “The fact that adolescents with respiratory problems are just as likely to engage in huffing as adolescents in general underscores the continued need to educate parents, teachers, service providers and young people about what they can do to prevent this misuse of common everyday products.”
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