Inhalant Use: Characteristics and Predictors

Wilson M. Compton*, Linda B. Cottler, Stephen H. Dinwiddie, Edward L. Spitznagel, Doug E. Mager, Gregory Asmus

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Volatile inhalant use has previously been shown to be associated with psychiatric illness and use of other substances. The authors examined the association of history of inhalant use with other drug use, psychiatric disorders, and sociodemographic characteristics in a diverse sample of illicit substance abusers. They found a strong association of inhalant use with antisocial personality disorder, social phobia, alcohol dependence, tobacco dependence, injection drug use, and use of amphetamines, sedatives, opiates, phencyclidine, and hallucinogens. Inhalant use was more common among white than black subjects but not more common among men than women. The implications for prevention and treatment are discussed. 1994 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-272
Number of pages10
JournalThe American Journal on Addictions
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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