Inhalant Abuse (Typewriter Correction Fluid) in Street Children

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Inhalant abuse is a growing concern in India among street children.


To describe the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of 9 street children and adolescents with typewriter correction fluid abuse.


Nine street children who presented to the psychiatry department of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi for treatment of inhalant abuse were interviewed.


The inhalant abusers were boys of 10 to 17 years, school dropouts who had run away from villages of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. In two-third of children there was domestic violence and conflict in their family, along with physical abuse by family members; in one-third it was due to alcoholic fathers. They used to “huff” typewriter correction fluid, and abused other substances as well.


There is a need to systematically study inhalant abuse in the street children in India.

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