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GLUE SNIFFING STREET CHILDREN OF ADDIS ABABA: A NEW EPIDEMIC?

Author: GOSA EBRAHIM GELETO
Document Type: Others
Document Abstract:

ABSTRACT

It is now common to see street kids holding small plastic bottles locally called “Highlands” under their noses- they are sniffing glue, thick indus-trial glue meant for furniture & shoe repair. In Addis Ababa alone, there are as many as 100,000 street children and oftentimes are the ones that are involved in glue sniffing. Glue sniffing has devastating health conse-quences; brain damage, paralysis, kidney & liver failure and eventually death are all associated with glue-sniffing.

Although alarming, attention is not given to the issue thus, with the objec-tive of filling the void and bringing the present trend of glue sniffing among street children in Addis Ababa to the attention of public health experts, decision makers and researchers, a narrative review of articles is forwarded. A comprehensive search through the internet was done using the following keywords: glue sniffing, street children & glue sniffing, in-halants, research articles on glue sniffing & Substance abuse among street children.

The review concludes glue sniffing is linked with severe illnesses with immediate and long term health consequences. Glue is a gateway drug for other drugs and risky practices moreover, Glue sniffing among street children is associated with increased HIV/AIDS risk. An increase in awareness and prevention programs from either the government or NGOs and further extensive research are highly recommended.


Keywords: Addis Ababa, epidemic, glue-sniffing, health consequences, narrative review, street children

 


Focus Country: Ethiopia
Language: English
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