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Scary Stats

  • National surveys report that more than 22.9 million Americans have abused inhalants at least once.
  • Some teens use inhalants as a substitute for alcohol because it's easy to get.
  • According to a 2004 study, there is an increase in inhalant use among eighth-graders. The survey showed that 17.3 percent of eighth-graders, 12.4% of tenth-graders, and 11.9% of twelfth-graders had tried inhalants at least once.
  • In 2002, 40 deaths were linked to inhalant abuse in the U.S.
  • Inhalant abuse was linked to 15% of deaths caused by suffocation or inhaling fluid or vomit into the lungs.
  • About 55% of deaths associated with inhalant abuse was caused by sudden sniffing death syndrome (SSDS), which can occur after only one use.
  • About 22% of inhalant abusers who died of SSDS had no history of prior inhalant use. They were first-time users.
  • In a 2003�2004 national survey, 2.5% of fourth-graders had used inhalants at least once the year before the survey.
  • Teens and children abuse inhalants more than adults do, but they may continue to use inhalants into adulthood.

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