[Skip to Content]
Sign In
Individual Sign In
Create an Account
Institutional Sign In
OpenAthens Shibboleth
Purchase Options:
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
July 28, 1962

Glue-Sniffing in Children: Deliberate Inhalation of Vaporized Plastic Cements

Author Affiliations

Denver

From the Department of Pediatrics and the Adolescent Clinic, University of Colorado Medical Center.

JAMA. 1962;181(4):300-303. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050300020004
Abstract

Glue-sniffing, the deliberate inhalation of vaporized plastic cements, is a practice of increasing frequency among adolescents. Sensations resembling acute alcoholic intoxication are induced by self-exposure to the volatile organic solvents variously present in model airplane glues. Symptoms vary from mild euphoria and exhilaration to gross disorientation and coma after prolonged inhalation. Physiological addiction evidently does not occur, but psychological dependency is common. Although cement fumes are potentially injurious to liver, kidneys, brain, and bone marrow, there have been no reports of serious organ damage ascribed to glue-sniffing. In 2 years 130 glue-sniffers were arrested in Denver; the average age of these children was 13, and all but 6 of them were boys. Delinquency, economic deprivation, and minority group factors were associated problems in many of these cases.

References
1.
Gleason, M. N.; Gosselin, R. E.; and Hodge, H. C.:  Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products , Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1957.
2.
Dreisbach, R. H.:  Handbook of Poisoning: Diagnosis and Treatment , Los Altos, Calif.: Lange Medical Publications, 1961.
3.
Elson, F. K.: Personal communication to the authors.
4.
Wolf, M. A., et al.:  Toxicological Studies of Certain Alkylated Benzenes and Benzene ,  Arch Industr Health 14:387-398, 1956.
5.
Andersen, P., and Kaada, B. R.:  Electroencephalogram in Poisoning by Lacquer Thinner (Butyl Acetate and Toluene) ,  Acta Pharmacol 9:125-130, 1953.Crossref
6.
Samitz, M. H.:  Exfoliative Dermatitis from Exposure to Paint Thinner ,  J Occup Med 3:346-347 ( (July) ) 1961.
7.
Hift, W., and Patel, P. L.:  Acute Acetone Poisoning Due to Synthetic Plaster Cast ,  S Afr Med J 35:246-250 ( (March 25) ) 1961.
8.
Jacobziner, H., and Raybin, H. W.:  Activities of Poison Control Center... Ethylene Dichloride Poisoning ,  Arch Pediat 78:490-495 ( (Dec.) ) 1961.
9.
Easson, W. M.:  Gasoline Addiction in Children ,  Pediatrics 29:250-254 ( (Feb.) ) 1962.
×