Petrol sniffing in Aboriginal communities: a review of interventions

MacLean, Sarah J., and D'Abbs, Peter H.N. (2002) Petrol sniffing in Aboriginal communities: a review of interventions. Drug and Alcohol Review, 21 (1). pp. 65-72.

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Petrol sniffing (and other forms of inhalant misuse) occur within some Aboriginal communities across Australia. However, there is little documented information about the nature and combination of interventions that are most effective in addressing it. This article reviews published and unpublished literature relevant to petrol sniffing in Australian Aboriginal communities. A range of strategies which have been trialled previously are discussed under the categories of primary, secondary and tertiary intervention.We have adopted Zinberg's schema of 'drug', 'set' and 'setting' in theorizing the mix of interventions most likely to reduce petrol sniffing. We argue that interventions should address as many as possible of these factors. Further, while no strategy is likely to succeed without strong support from local community members, governments also have an important role in addressing petrol sniffing. Consistent funding for strategies directly addressing petrol sniffing and co-ordinated government responses to the broader needs of Aboriginal young people and their communities are critical.

Item ID: 1240
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3362
Keywords: Aboriginal young people, community intervention, inhalant misuse, petrol sniffing, solvent misuse
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2007
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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