Adults now 'huffing' more than kids
March 17th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Adults now 'huffing' more than kids

It’s called huffing – inhaling chemical vapors to get high. It's usually associated with teenage drug abuse, but a new report suggests that's not really the case.  The majority of Americans abusing inhalants are not children but adults, according to a study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

More than 1 million adults were “huffing” last year, according to SAMHSA’s newly released “Data Spotlight Study,”  based on data from treatment facilities across the country.

That’s more than those who used crack or LSD, Heroin or PCP.   In fact, the study found 54% of all people who sought treatment in 2008 were adults over age 18.

“Inhalant abuse is an equal opportunity killer that does not discriminate on the basis of age, background or gender,” said Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. “Although we have been understandably focused for many years on the dangers of huffing poses to our kids, these new data highlight the need for everyone to be aware of and effectively address the serious risks it poses to adults and all segments of our society.”

Long-term inhaling and sniffing can lead to irreversible damage to the brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and eyes.  According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition , a wide range of common household products are abused: glue, spray paint, markers, hairspray, air freshener, nail polish remover, deodorant, computer keyboard cleaner, paint thinner, spot removers, even cooking sprays and whipped cream sprays.  Sudden sniffing death, the coalition says, can occur even the first time.

In the past, the NIPC has focused on prevention in children.  This new report suggests that's no longer enough.

“The frequency of emails and calls on our toll-free hotline from people needing help for spouses, older siblings and friends, parents and even grandparents,” said Harvey Weiss, executive director of NIPC, “has led us to understand that people of all ages are at risk and may need help with this problem.”

Nearly three-quarters of the admissions were males.  Seventy-two percent were white, and thirty-eight percent did not graduate high school.

But Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, warns that parents still need to be diligent about children and inhalants. “Our homes are increasingly becoming the source of dangerous drugs of abuse for young people,” Kerlikowske said. “Whether these products are inhalants found under our sinks and in our utility room, or dangerous prescription drugs stored in our medicine cabinets, parents need to act today to protect our young people by securing these products and discussing the harms that they cause.”

soundoff (652 Responses)
  1. pcr covid test near me

    That is a really good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate informationÖ Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!


    June 14, 2021 at 04:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. covid test near me


    June 14, 2021 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. rapid result covid testing near me


    June 14, 2021 at 11:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. beauty supply near me


    June 14, 2021 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. speedway near me


    June 14, 2021 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RV Repair Mission Viejo


    June 14, 2021 at 22:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Repair Near Me Now


    June 15, 2021 at 02:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Nearest RV Repair

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and the rest of the website is really good.


    June 15, 2021 at 03:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Nearby RV Repairs

    Howdy! This article could not be written much better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I will send this post to him. Pretty sure he'll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!


    June 15, 2021 at 04:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Repair Places Near Me

    Howdy! This article could not be written any better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept talking about this. I most certainly will forward this information to him. Pretty sure he's going to have a very good read. I appreciate you for sharing!


    June 15, 2021 at 09:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Camper Repairs Near Me

    I like it whenever people come together and share opinions. Great website, keep it up!


    June 15, 2021 at 12:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Camper Repair Near Me


    June 15, 2021 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Nearest RV Repair


    June 15, 2021 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Repair

    Very good blog post. I definitely appreciate this site. Keep it up!


    June 16, 2021 at 01:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RV Repair San Clemente California

    This is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise infoÖ Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!


    June 16, 2021 at 04:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Nearest RV Repair


    June 16, 2021 at 04:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me


    June 16, 2021 at 05:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RV Repair Nearby


    June 16, 2021 at 05:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. bj's near me

    This excellent website really has all of the information and facts I wanted about this subject and didnít know who to ask.


    June 16, 2021 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. apple picking near me


    June 16, 2021 at 18:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Camper Repair Near Me


    June 16, 2021 at 22:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. RV Repair Santa Ana


    June 17, 2021 at 03:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RV Repair Shops Near Me


    June 17, 2021 at 06:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Repair Shops Near My Location


    June 17, 2021 at 08:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. suntrust near me

    This is a topic that is near to my heart... Cheers! Where are your contact details though?


    June 17, 2021 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. seafood near me

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much, However I am going through problems with your RSS. I donít understand why I am unable to join it. Is there anyone else getting similar RSS issues? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!


    June 17, 2021 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. academy sports near me

    You've made some really good points there. I looked on the web for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this web site.


    June 17, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. tailor near me


    June 17, 2021 at 17:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. thai near me


    June 17, 2021 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. notary near me

    This web site certainly has all of the information and facts I needed about this subject and didnít know who to ask.


    June 17, 2021 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. same day covid testing near me


    June 17, 2021 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. auto parts store near me


    June 17, 2021 at 23:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. cabela's near me


    June 17, 2021 at 23:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. gun shops near me

    Hi, I do think your blog may be having internet browser compatibility issues. When I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, fantastic website!


    June 18, 2021 at 03:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. animal shelters near me

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am having problems with your RSS. I donít know the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having the same RSS issues? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!


    June 18, 2021 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. best pizza near me


    June 18, 2021 at 03:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. kfc near me


    June 18, 2021 at 04:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. work from home jobs near me

    You're so cool! I do not believe I've read through something like this before. So good to discover another person with a few original thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!


    June 18, 2021 at 06:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. boba tea near me


    June 18, 2021 at 08:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. xfinity store near me


    June 18, 2021 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. kia dealer near me

    You are so cool! I don't suppose I've truly read through a single thing like this before. So wonderful to discover another person with a few genuine thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!


    June 18, 2021 at 09:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RV Repair Orange County

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this post plus the rest of the website is also very good.


    June 18, 2021 at 17:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. RV Repair Fountain Valley


    June 18, 2021 at 20:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Repair Shop

    I like reading through an article that can make men and women think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!


    June 18, 2021 at 22:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RV Repair Orange County California

    This is a topic that is near to my heart... Take care! Where are your contact details though?


    June 19, 2021 at 04:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Repair Seal Beach

    Great article. I will be experiencing a few of these issues as well..


    June 19, 2021 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. RV Repair Shops Near Me


    June 19, 2021 at 06:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. RV Repair Orange County


    June 19, 2021 at 08:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. RV Repair Orange County

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and also the rest of the site is very good.


    June 19, 2021 at 09:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. RV Repair Near Me


    June 19, 2021 at 12:08 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.