Community Influence on Youths' Use of Inhalants and Other Legal Products to Get High in Rural Alaska

Collins, D.,
Saylor, B.,
Johnson, K.
Year Published: 2017
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume: 23

Issue: 4
Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group

These authors examined the use of harmful legal products (HLPs), including inhalants, prescription and nonprescription drugs, and common household products, to get high among preadolescents in frontier Alaska communities. They also explored the community factors that may influence use of HLPs. Secondary data from two National Institutes of Health studies in 19 Alaska communities were analyzed. A hierarchal generalized linear modeling technique was used to model community-level effects on HLP use. Results show that 18 percent of preadolescents reported lifetime use of HLPs. Preadolescents in “dry” communities (those with laws restricting alcohol use) had much higher lifetime and past-30-day HLP use. The authors conclude that additional research on the relationship between HLP use and local laws governing availability is warranted. Modified Author Abstract.

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