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NCJ Number: 210913 Find in a Library
Title: Dust in the Wind: The Growing Use of Embalming Fluid Among Youth in Hartford, CT
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:40  Issue:8  Dated:2005  Pages:1035-1050
Author(s): Merrill Singer; Scott Clair; Jean Schensul; Cristina Huebner; Julie Eiserman; Raul Pino; Jose Garcia
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents findings from a study on the use of embalming fluid, as a recreational drug among Hartford, CT youth between the ages of 16 and 24.
Abstract: In the United States, as well as other countries, there has been a significant level of concern with the emergence and diffusion of a set of drugs popular among youth who participate in a subculture of late-night club dancing and “rave” partying. It is strongly suggested that embalming fluid mixtures be added to this list of drugs causing public health concerns. This paper presents findings from a study suggesting that the use of embalming fluid as a mind-altering drug has been underreported. Data for the paper came from a 4-year National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study of transitions to hard drug use among urban youth in Hartford, CT. The study consisted of 400 youth between the ages of 16 and 24. The intent of the study was to demonstrate the independent effects of ecological/developmental factors and social influence through social networks on initiation of new drug trends and transition to the use of cocaine and heroin in any form. Almost 90 percent of the youth reported “ever-using” embalming fluid, always mixed with another substance, usually marijuana or mint leaves. The paper reports findings on frequency and distribution of use, experience, and consequences of use, access to the drug, and characteristics of embalming fluid users. Evidence shows a need to recognize embalming fluid as a drug of concern among youth. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Connecticut; Drug effects; Drug use; Juvenile drug abusers
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