Journal article

Acute harms associated with inhalant misuse: Co-morbidities and trends relative to age and gender among ambulance attendees

Rose Crossin, Debbie Scott, Katrina G Witt, Jhodie R Duncan, Karen Smith, Dan Lubman

DRUG AND ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Inhalant misuse is the deliberate inhalation of products containing toluene to induce intoxication. Chronic harms associated with inhalant misuse are well described; including alcohol and other drug use, mental health disorders, and suicidal behaviours. However, the nature of the acute harms from inhalants and characteristics of people who experience those harms are not well understood. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the acute harms associated with inhalant misuse attendances, and to determine whether these differ by age or gender. METHODS: Ambulance attendance data (Victoria, Australia) from January 2012 to June 2017 were extracted from a database of coded ambulance rec..

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Grants

Awarded by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as part of the broader Ambo Project. Funding for the Ambo Project was provided by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. KGW is funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (PDF-0-145-16). RC is part-funded by an Australian RTP scholarship. Funding bodies had no involvement in the decision to publish this study.