High levels of cannabis use persists in Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Lee, K.S. Kylie, Clough, Alan R., and Conigrave, Katherine (2007) High levels of cannabis use persists in Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Medical Journal of Australia, 187 (10). pp. 594-595.

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Abstract

[Extract] Cannabis use is implicated in serious social disruption in many Northern Territory Aboriginal communities.1 Rising levels of cannabis use were first reported in Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land in 2002, along with associated concerns about escalating social impacts and mental health effects compounded by other substance use.2

A random sample of 164 people in Arnhem Land initially interviewed and assessed in 2004 were followed up between October 2005 and June 2006. Their cannabis use was measured using health worker assessments and self-reports from interviews. Ethical approval was granted by the NT Health Department, Menzies School of Health Research, and James Cook University.

Despite a modest decline in cannabis use in this population between 2002 and 2004,3 the 2005–2006 data indicate persisting high rates, with 61% of males and 58% of females (aged 13–34 years) using cannabis at least weekly.

Item ID: 12002
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: cannabis, Indigenous, Australian
ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2010 23:13
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 20%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 100%
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