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Ontario CRISM Node Team
Research & Evidence Projects
Guideline for the Management of Opioid Use Disorders
Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
Drug Use in Ontario
Supervised Consumption Facilities in Ontario
Naloxone for Opioid Overdose
Prescription Opioids in Northern Ontario and First Nations
Youth and Young Adults
There are no publicly available estimates of inhalant use for Ontario adults based on surveys representative of the adult population.
Youth and Young Adults
2.8% of Ontario students (grades 7-12) reported inhalant use in the past year. Rates have decreased from 3.4% in 2013 and were highest (6.2%) among students in grade 7 according to the 2015
2% of Ontario high school students (grade 7-12) reported (past-year) glue, gasoline, solvent or salvia use to get high in the 2012-13
Youth Smoking S
urvey (Ontario sub-sample n=7,018).
Reported lifetime use rates were 1.0% for inhalants among Ontario postsecondary students, with 0.2% reporting past-month use, according to the 2013
NCHA Canadian survey
(Ontario sub-sample n=16,123).
Less than 0.5% of (n=1,425) First Nations adults (aged 18+) used inhalants (past-year) according to the 2008-10
Regional Health Survey
representative of Ontario First Nation adults living on reserve.
There are no publicly available provincial data on inhalant use among racialized populations.
Homeless and Street-Involved Populations
3% of homeless adults in Toronto reported using inhalants (past two years)
among a stratified random sample
(n=1,191) in 2004-05.
Among Toronto-based homeless adults, 2% used solvents and other inhalants regularly (+3 times/week) in the past year,
based on a random sample
of (n=368) homeless adults in Toronto (2006-07).
One in five (20%) males and 13% of females reported popper use (past six months) among a convenience sample of (n=100) homeless youth (aged 16-24) who use substances surveyed in Toronto (
Drugs, Homelessness and Health survey
Pregnant and Parenting Women
There are no publicly-available provincial data on women's inhalant use during pregnancy.
Injection Drug Users
Solvent use among IDUs increased from 1.0% to 1.6% between 2006-08; less than 1.0% of participants reported inhalant use (past 6 months) among a convenience sample (n=1,643) (
Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program Evaluation
Recreational Drug Users
16% of Toronto 'recreational drug users' used poppers in the past year (2012-13
Health Canada High Risk Populations study
Almost a quarter (24.3%) of a s
ample of gay and bisexual men who used drugs
and attended gay dance clubs in Toronto reported using poppers "from time to time" among a convenience sample (n=74) in 2003.
0.3% (327 admissions) of patients presenting to Ontario publicly-funded substance abuse treatment reported glue and inhalants as a problem substance upon admission in 2012-13; a decrease of 50.2% (from 657 admissions) in 2007-08, according to data obtained from