Abuse of inhalants: a review


Stephen H. Dinwiddie, MD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Jewish Hospital of St Louis, Department of Psychiatry, 216 S. Kingshighway, St Louis, MO 63110, USA.


Inhalants, a chemically heterogeneous group of psychoactive substances found in adhesives, lighter fluids, spray paints, cleaning fluids and typewriter correction fluid, may be used by up to 10% of young people. This article reviews the health effects, epidemiology, risk of other substance use and addiction and psychiatric co-morbidity associated with the practice of inhalant use.