Blood lead levels in glue sniffers

Turkbay T., Sarici S., Kismet E., Akay C. , Dundaroz M., Balcioglu I.

BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, vol.98, no.1, pp.45-49, 2004 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1385/bter:98:1:45
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-49


The aim of this study was to investigate blood levels of lead (Pb) among adolescents with glue sniffing in Turkey. Blood Pb levels were measured in 30 adolescent glue sniffers by atomic absorption spectrophotometry and compared with those of the 30 healthy adolescents. The Pb contents of various glue preparations marketed in Turkey and used by the abusers were also measured. Blood Pb levels were significantly higher in the study group when compared to the control group. Pb was detected at considerably high levels in the contents of all the various glue preparations most commonly used by the cases in the study group. The increased blood Pb levels in glue sniffers may be related to the high lead contents of glues marketed in Turkey. The blood Pb levels and signs of Pb toxicity should be investigated in examination of glue sniffers.