Adolescent inhalant abuse leads to other drug use and impaired growth; implications for diagnosis
Rose Crossin, Sheree Cairney, Andrew J Lawrence, Jhodie R Duncan
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2017
OBJECTIVE: Abuse of inhalants containing the volatile solvent toluene is a significant public health issue, especially for adolescent and Indigenous communities. Adolescent inhalant abuse can lead to chronic health issues and may initiate a trajectory towards further drug use. Identification of at-risk individuals is difficult and diagnostic tools are limited primarily to measurement of serum toluene. Our objective was to identify the effects of adolescent inhalant abuse on subsequent drug use and growth parameters, and to test the predictive power of growth parameters as a diagnostic measure for inhalant abuse. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed drug use and growth data from 118 Indigenou..View full abstract
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The authors thank Dr Chris Burns and Professor Paul Maruff for data collection. The research was supported by NHMRC (940835), of which AJL is a Principal Research Fellow (1020737), the Australian Research Council (DP 110100379) of which JRD was a Future Fellow during the time of the study (100100235) and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Scheme.