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Glue Sniffing (Research)

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what research there has been into the addiction of glue sniffing; and how many deaths from this habit occur annually.

A considerable volume of research has been carried out both here and in other countries. The results of many of these projects and studies are setout in the various reports and papers listed in the "Bibliography on Solvent Use" obtainable from the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence, Kingsbury House, 3 Blackburn Road, London NW6 IXA. Exact figures of deaths from deliberate inhalation of solvent vapours and other substances are not available, but my Department is aware of the following deaths resulting directly from the practice: 1971—2, 1972—6, 1973—4, 1974—4, 1975—9, 1976—7, 1977—5, 1978—6, 1979—5.