Friday, April 23, 2010

Arizona Study Looks At Huffing Among Local Teens

This week another study examines teenage inhalant abuse, this time in the barrio, a Spanish word meaning neighborhood. Researchers observe huffing habits of over three dozen youth against a control group in Phoenix, Arizona. The study yielded the following findings:
  • Inhalant users had a history of multiple stressors, evidenced academic difficulties and the criminal justice system
  • They began using drugs between the ages of 10 and 15
  • They confined their drug use primarily to marijuana, alcohol, and inhalants
  • The teens often came from families with drug problems
  • Inhalant abusers experienced more poverty and family disruption
  • They believed their friends to be favorable to their use of inhalants
  • They were less involved in conventional youth activities

You can view the complete abstract and purchase the study here.

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