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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2011, Article ID 905380, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/905380
Case Report

Workplace Inhalant Abuse in Adult Female: Brief Report

Department of Psychiatry and Drug Deaddiction, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi 110060, India

Received 17 June 2011; Accepted 20 July 2011

Academic Editors: L. Capuron and T. Suzuki

Copyright © 2011 Rohit Verma et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Inhalant abuse is the purposeful inhalation of intoxicating gases and vapors for the purpose of achieving an altered mental state. With its propensity for being yet an under-recognized form of substance use, being gateway to hard substances, cross-cultural penetration crossing socioeconomic boundaries, and causing significant morbidity and mortality in early ages, the prevention of inhalant misuse is a highly pertinent issue. This clinical report identifies a newer perspective in the emergence of inhalant abuse initiation. We report a case of an adult female with late onset of inhalant dependence developing at workplace and recommend for greater awareness, prevention, and management of this expanding substance abuse problem.