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New National Inhalant Data Released Today

The results of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health’s “Trends in Adolescent Inhalant Use: 2002 to 2007” were released today at a press conference in Washington, DC.

The report noted:

  • In 2007, almost 1.0 million adolescents used inhalants in the past year.
    The percentage of adolescents (youths aged 12 to 17) who used inhalants in the past year was lower in 2007 (3.9%) than in 2003 (4.5%), 2004 (4.6%), and 2005 (4.5%).
  • Among first time users in the past year, the rate of use of nitrous oxide or “whippits” declined between 2002 and 2007 for both male and females. (males 40.2% to 20.2%)(females (22.3 to 12.2%)
  • Use of aerosol spray other than spray paint was higher in 2007 than 2002 (25% versus 12.6%)
  • In 2007, 17.2% of adolescents who initiated illicit drug use during the past year indicated that inhalants were the first drug they used. This rate remained relatively stable between 2002 and 2007.
  • In 2007, 2.1% of adolescents who had not previously used inhalants began using them during the 12 months prior to the survey.

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