Under the study, the case files were reviewed and relevant data was collected and analysed. The study found that the principal sources of inhalant abuse were the commonly available substances such as typewriter correction fluids, and majority of subjects initiated it out of curiosity. Many of the addicts also used some other substance of abuse in addition, tobacco being the most common, the study observed. About half of the addicts were students (50.6%).
The most common inhalant used was typewriter correction fluid (73.6%), followed by typewriter diluent fluid (19.5%) and glue (6.9%). The mean age of onset of inhalant use was 16.3 years. The study also found that the most common reason for inistabilised at 1-3% of new cases annually. Of the cases studied, all were males with a mean age of 18.9 years, and mean family income 7,676.Peer pressure
Frustration tiation was curiosity. “It needs to be recognised as a public health problem in India that requires specific interventions. Early intervention starting at primary school level might help to a significant degree in reducing the burden of dependence later on. Adequate training needs be imparted to clinicians to develop skills to identify and treat,” the report adds.
According to experts, inhalants are substances whose chemical vapours are inhaled to produce euphoric, disinhibiting and exciting effects.