Huffing in Ohio - Inhalant Use among Teens
Use of toxic inhalants to get high was reported at similar levels in Ohio and the US, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Ninth graders were most at-risk.
11.9% (+/- 2.3%) of Ohio high school students in grades 9-12 sniffed inhalants to get high, also known as "huffing", sometime in their life according to the 2005 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS). This does not differ from results in 2003 where 11.0% (+/- 2.7%) reported huffing at some time in their life.
Students counted as huffing who responded that they sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high.
3.3% (+/- 1.4%) of Ohio high school students in grades 9-12 sniffed inhalants to get high, also known as "huffing", in the 30 days prior to responding to the 2003 YRBS Survey. This question was not asked in the 2005 survey.
In the entire US, recent huffing was reported by 3.9% (+/- 0.6%) of high school students, and 12.1% (+/- 1.2%) said they had done it at least once in the past (2003 YRBS).
The percentage of students who huffed was highest among ninth graders for both Ohio and the US: 5.3% (+/- 3.1%) of Ohio 9th graders and 5.4% (+/-1.3%) of all US 9th graders huffed in the past 30 days when surveyed in 2003.
The data for lifetime huffing are available on the CDC's YRBS Web site. The site also offers graphing of the data, but the graphic results are low-quality.
Keywords: Nation, State, Statistics, Substance Abuse, Teens