How many teens use inhalants?

Inhalants are often among the first drugs that young teens use. In fact, they’re one of the few classes of drugs that are used more by younger teens than older ones. Inhalant use can become chronic (long-term) and continue into adulthood.

The chart below shows the percentage of teens who use inhalants.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Inhalants for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2019 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Inhalants Lifetime 9.50 6.80 [5.30]
Past Year 4.70 2.80 1.90
Past Month 2.10 1.10 0.90

For more statistics on teen drug use, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.