The results of a recent study by the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (“Profile of inhalant users seeking treatment at a de-addiction centre in north India”) were released. The study was carried out by the institute’s psychiatry department and published in the May issue of the Indian Journal of Medical Research. It was based on the records of 92 treatment seekers for inhalant addiction at the institute’s Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre over 10 years (2002-2011).and found that the principal sources of inhalant abuse were typewriter correction fluids and the majority of subjects initiated it out of curiosity.
- 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.