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Alkyl Nitrites study

Alkyl Nitrites study

The following is reprinted from the "REPORT of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources", The Hon. Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. May 4,1988: REPORT of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, The Hon. Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. May 4,1988
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Alkyl Nitrites study -- As part of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986

(Section 4015), Congress requested that NIDA, through HHS, conduct a study of alkyl nitrites to determine the extent and public risk associated with alkyl nitrite use. For this study, NIDA analyzed data from three ongoing nationwide substance abuse surveys to ascertain trends in alkyl nitrite abuse in the general population and in specific sub-populations. In addition, NIDA conducted a technical review workshop on March 31, 1987 with leading authorities in the area of the alkyl nitrites. The study reviewed such topics as the extent of nitrite inhalant use among adolescents, homosexual men, and intravenous drug abusers; the results of acute toxicity studies in animals; and a review of the epidemiological associations of nitrites with Kaposi's sarcoma in AIDS. Based on the surveys and the workshop, the HHS Report to Congress concluded that nitrites are not a causal factor in AIDS infection. There was consideration during the workshop whether use of large amounts of nitrite inhalants might be a co-factor in Kaposi's sarcoma, but the Report stated that medical studies failed to confirm any such association. The Report also found that there was a 21% decrease in use by high school students in 1985-1986. Because of the lack of significant health risks
associated with nitrite use, and the fact that less than 3% of the population has ever used it, the HHS Report suggested no Federal legislation and recommended that alkyl nitrites not be treated as drugs. Based on these recommendations, the Committee concludes that no further Federal action as to alkyl nitrites is warranted. However, in view of the Report's finding of somewhat increased use by high school students, the Committee recommends that the States consider prohibiting access by minors to alkyl nitrite products.

Reprinted From: Alkyl Nitrites study: The following is reprinted from the "REPORT of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources", The Hon. Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. May 4,1988

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