Canadian Articles Released in Special Issue of Substance Use & Misuse Exploring Global Impact of Volatile Substance Misuse

Canadian Articles Released in Special Issue of Substance Use & Misuse Exploring Global Impact of Volatile Substance Misuse

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Canadian Articles Released in Special Issue of Substance Use & Misuse
Exploring Global Impact of Volatile Substance Misuse

Saskatoon ― The National Youth Solvent Abuse Committee, the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation, and the University of Saskatchewan are pleased to announce that Debra Dell, Carol Hopkins and Colleen Dell and colleagues have published two articles in a special issue of the journal Substance Use & Misuse supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program. The special issue of the journal was released June 18 during the NIDA International Forum and College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Annual Scientific Meeting. Drawing on treatment practices and client outcome data, D. Dell and C. Hopkins’ article examines the role of Indigenous culture and its intersection with Western approaches to recovery in the Youth Solvent Addiction Program’s operation of nine residential treatment centres for youth in Canada. C. Dell and her colleagues from the Saskatchewan Team for Research and Evaluation of Addictions Treatment and Mental Health Services at the University of Saskatchewan applied visual-arts-based and oral life history methodologies to examine the role of cultural support in the lives, recovery and sustained well-being of two long-term misusers of volatile substances in Canada.

The special journal issue, “Volatile Substance Misuse: A Global Perspective,” contains 20 peer-reviewed articles by authors from 12 nations. In response to the global demands for increased research to support the development of evidence-based policies and interventions, the NIDA International Program sponsored the publication of this collection of articles examining volatile substance misuse (VSM). VSM is often referred to as inhalant abuse because users inhale gases or vapors from common household or industrial products to induce intoxicating or hallucinogenic effects. These misused products are usually legal, inexpensive, and readily available.

The articles in this special issue of Substance Use & Misuse present data from countries where VSM was previously under documented, as well as from countries reporting VSM among school populations; discuss medical complications of VSM and the potential for central nervous system recovery with abstinence; and describe successful interventions that address VSM based on cultural understandings.

The Canadian, U.S., and Australian guest editors contend that VSM is an under recognized and underestimated global public health issue that has attracted relatively little research effort, and call for further research to develop evidenced-based policies to address this global public health threat. The guest editors are Colleen Anne Dell, Ph.D., associate professor and research chair in substance abuse at the University of Saskatchewan; Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., director of the NIDA International Program; and Sarah MacLean, Ph.D., a research fellow in alcohol and drug studies at the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The NIDA International Program works with colleagues from around the world to find evidence-based solutions to the public health problems of drug abuse, addiction, and drug-related HIV/AIDS. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, the principal biomedical and behavioral research agency of the U.S. Government and a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the NIDA International Program, visit

For more information, contact:
Colleen Dell, Department of Sociology/School of Public Health University of Saskatchewan
(306)-966-5912 or[at]

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