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Treatment for inhalant abuse may be on horizon.

A compound that has been studied for its possible effects in treating nicotine and heroin addictions also may ultimately fill a gap in the treatment of inhalant abuse. A study to be published in the Dec. 1 issue of the journal Synapse indicates that vigabatrin (also known as gamma vinyl-GABA or GVG) may block the addictive effects of toluene, a substance found in many household products that are used as inhalants. The study, which took place at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, found that rats that were treated with GVG became less likely to seek toluene in an area where they had been exposed to the substance in the past.

The elimination of craving in which the rats express preference for a place where they once had access to a drug is a phenomenon that has now been seen in studies of GVG for nicotine, heroin and inhalant abuse. "The findings of this study extend the potential value of GVG to treat addiction," said Stephen Dewey, lead researcher and a Brookhaven neuroanatomist. "More importantly, our results show promise in treating inhalant abuse as it continues to grow as a problem among adolescents."
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Publication:Addiction Professional
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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