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Inhalant-related disorders

Abdurrahman Altındağ, Mustafa Özkan, Remzi Oto.

Abstract
Inhalant drugs (sometimes called "volatile substances") are
widely available and frequently misused, especially by adolescents. Abuse of inhalants is a persistent world-wide problem
crossing cultural and geographic borders. It has been observed
that inhalant abuse becomes more prevalent in Turkey. Among
adolescents inhalants are the most commonly used drug,
except for alcohol and tobacco. Some social and cultural
groups are at risk for inhalant abuse. It has been suggested that
inhalant abuse is a risk factor for antisocial personality disorder
and other substance misuses. Chronic usage of these substances
in higher concentration can produce serious medical
problems. Inhalant-related disorders require full psychiatric
assessment and appropriate treatment depending on the
nature of psychiatric disorder. During and after such treatment,
consideration needs to be given to ways in which the youngster
can be rehabilitated and helped to avoid re-involvement in the
habit.

Key words: inhalant abuse, volatile substances, glue-sniffing



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