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Homeless Youth

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  • Synthetic compounds such as triexyphenidyl (Artane), benactizine (Asmosterona), dicyclomine (Bentyl) as well as Datura sp. tea were reported as being used by first and second grade students and by street children of several Brazilian cities [2].
  • PROBLEM: Large numbers of teenagers become "runaways" and put themselves at risk for physical and emotional harm [3].
  • Unduplicated cases (n = 11,841) from the 1997 Runaway/ Homeless Youth Management Information System (RHY MIS) were analyzed [4].
  • CONCLUSION: Substance use in street children is associated with unstable homes and maltreatment [5].
  • In order to measure urinary level of hippuric acid among Brazilian homeless youth suspected of having inhaled toluene in previous hours, urine samples were voluntarily collected from the youth around two hours after they arrived at an "open-school" in Porto Alegre, Brazil [6].

Associations of Homeless Youth with chemical compounds


Gene context of Homeless Youth

  • Homeless children and their families, Part I: The changing picture [8].
  • They ways in which MCH services can respond to the needs of street children are discussed [9].
  • A study of 610 street youth aged 13-23 who attended drop-in centers in Hollywood, Calif., reveals that 96% are sexually experienced [10].


  1. Homeless youths and young adults in Los Angeles: prevalence of mental health problems and the relationship between mental health and substance abuse disorders. Unger, J.B., Kipke, M.D., Simon, T.R., Montgomery, S.B., Johnson, C.J. American journal of community psychology. (1997) [Pubmed]
  2. Preliminary note: dangerous use of anticholinergic drugs in Brazil. Carlini, E.A. Drug and alcohol dependence. (1993) [Pubmed]
  3. Understanding runaway teens. Martinez, R.J. Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc. (2006) [Pubmed]
  4. Risk/Protective factors associated with substance use among runaway/homeless youth utilizing emergency shelter services nationwide. Thompson, S.J. Substance abuse : official publication of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. (2005) [Pubmed]
  5. Risk factors of substance use among street children from Delhi. Pagare, D., Meena, G.S., Singh, M.M., Sahu, R. Indian pediatrics. (2004) [Pubmed]
  6. Measuring inhalant abuse among homeless youth in southern Brazil. Thiesen, F.V., Barros, H.M. Journal of psychoactive drugs. (2004) [Pubmed]
  7. Children in the streets of Brazil: drug use, crime, violence, and HIV risks. Inciardi, J.A., Surratt, H.L. Substance use & misuse. (1998) [Pubmed]
  8. Homeless children and their families, Part I: The changing picture. Velsor-Friedrich, B. Journal of pediatric nursing. (1993) [Pubmed]
  9. The street children of Recife: a study of their background. Aneci Rosa, C.S., Borba, E.S., Ebrahim, G.J. J. Trop. Pediatr. (1992) [Pubmed]
  10. Sexual risk behavior and condom use among street youth in Hollywood. Anderson, J.E., Freese, T.E., Pennbridge, J.N. Family planning perspectives. (1994) [Pubmed]
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