Teen Inhalant Abuse Information

The National Institute of Drug Abuse provides teen inhalant abuse information for three youth populations

Studies involving participants from three ethnic populations over the course of ten years suggest that a number of social and perceptual correlates of teen inhalant abuse operates similarly across Mexican American, American Indian, and non-Latino white adolescents.

These studies on inhalant use suggest that peer factors, including peer sanctions, peer use, and peer encouragement, were particularly important, though less so for Mexican American and Indian youth. Increased perception of harm is also correlated with less inhalant abuse use for all groups. These studies suggest that the historically higher rates of inhalant use for males as compared to females no longer prevail. Furthermore, for the American Indian sample, for both lifetime and 30-day prevalence, males were less likely to have used inhalants than females.

Overall, American Indian adolescents participating in the teen inhalant abuse information showed decreasing rates of  use over time.