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NCJ Number: 127653 Find in a Library
Title: New Trend in Solvent Abuse Deaths?
Journal: Medicine, Science, and the Law  Volume:30  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1990)  Pages:207-213
Author(s): P McBride; A Busuttil
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 7
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Thirteen autopsy reports in Scotland over a period of five years that involved abuse of volative solvents (glue-sniffing) were examined to determine if a trend was emerging in which these deaths were occurring in an older age group than had been previously thought.
Abstract: In this study, a death associated with volatile solvent abuse was defined as one in which reference was made to such abuse as either the immediate cause of death or as a subsidiary or contributory cause of death. In the cases studied, the range of ages was between 13 and 52 years; the mean and median ages at death were 21 years and nearly 17 years respectively. Almost 77 percent occurred in males. Eleven of the 13 cases are summarized. The results indicate that the number of deaths from volatile solvent abuse may be higher than believed in the over-15 age group; the statistics may be diluted partly because of the attention paid to other causes of death in this population. Most public health and social care measures have been targeted toward younger age groups. If a trend is confirmed in Scotland in which older adolescents are increasingly engaging in this type of abuse, it will have implications for the future control of the problem in that country. 4 tables, 2 figures, and 20 references
Main Term(s): Age group comparisons; Intoxicant inhalation
Index Term(s): Autopsy; Scotland
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