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Inhalants

How Many Teens Use Inhalants?

Inhalants are often among the first drugs that young adolescents use. In fact, they are one of the few classes of drugs that are used more by younger adolescents than older ones. Inhalant use can become chronic and continue into adulthood.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Inhalants for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2014 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Inhalants Lifetime 10.80 8.70 6.50
Past Year 5.30 3.30 1.90
Past Month 2.20 1.10 0.70

For more statistics on teen drug use, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.