Journal article

Inhalant abuse among adolescents: neurobiological considerations

DI Lubman, M Yucel, AJ Lawrence

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008

Abstract

Experimentation with volatile substances (inhalants) is common during early adolescence, yet limited work has been conducted examining the neurobiological impact of regular binge use during this key stage of development. Human studies consistently demonstrate that chronic use is associated with significant toxic effects, including neurological and neuropsychological impairment, as well as diffuse and subtle changes in white matter. However, most preclinical research has tended to focus on acute exposure, with limited work examining the neuropharmacological or toxicological mechanisms underpinning these changes or their potential reversibility with abstinence. Nevertheless, there is growing e..

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