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Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46 Suppl 1:1-7. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.580169.

Global issues in volatile substance misuse.

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  • 1Department of Sociology & School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


This special issue of Substance Use & Misuse addresses the public health issue of volatile substance misuse (VSM), the inhalation of gases or vapors for psychoactive effects, assessing the similarities and differences in the products misused, patterns, prevalence, etiologies, and impacts of VSM by examining it through sociocultural epidemiology, neuroscience, and interventions research. The Canadian, US, and Australian guest editors contend that, when compared with other drugs used at a similar prevalence, VSM has attracted relatively little research effort. The authors and editors call for further research to develop evidence-based policies and comprehensive interventions that respect culture and context-specific knowledge.

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