Volatile substance misuse among youth in Israel: Results of a National School Survey

Yehuda Neumark*, Rachel Bar-Hamburger

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Volatile substance misuse (VSM) among Israeli youth has been identified as widespread and growing. Using data from the 2009 National School Survey of 12-18 year olds (N = 7,166), this study describes VSM prevalence among Jews and Arabs, examining relationships between past-month VSM and sociodemographic, behavioral, psychological, and interpersonal characteristics. Past-month VSM, reported by 7.5% of respondents, was significantly associated with other risky behaviors including past-month illicit drug use (Adjusted odds ratios (AOR) = 5.41, 95% CI: 3.5-8.1), Internet gambling (AOR = 2.12, 95% CI: 1.5-3.1), smoking, binge drinking, and truancy. National drug policy must address VSM and develop strategies to reduce demand and supply. Potential study limitations are noted.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume46
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 May 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The survey was funded by the Anti-Drug Authority (ADA) of Israel. The authors wish to thank Dr. Catalina Lopez-Quintero, a doctoral candidate at the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, for her invaluable assistance in the data analysis. Address correspondence to Yehuda Neumark, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, P.O. Box 12272, Jerusalem 91120, Israel; E-mail: yehudan@ekmd.huji.ac.il.

Keywords

  • Inhalants
  • Israel
  • adolescents
  • drugs
  • epidemiology
  • volatile substance misuse

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