Glues, Solvents, and Aerosols

  • Marc A. Schuckit
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


This short chapter deals with a heterogeneous group of industrial substances’ that share the ability to produce generalized CNS depression.2 While intermittent use of solvents was noted in the last century,2 more widespread misuse began with inhalation of model airplane glue in the early 1960s.3 Despite efforts of the hobby industry to modify their products by removing some of the more toxic substances and adding an irritating smell, abuses have continued, and intoxication through inhalation has spread to aerosol propellants and industrial solvents.2


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc A. Schuckit
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  1. 1.San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center, School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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