Rising cannabis use in Indigenous communities

Clough, Alan R., Cairney, Sheree J., Maruff, Paul, and Parker, Robert M. (2002) Rising cannabis use in Indigenous communities. Medical Journal of Australia, 177 (7). pp. 395-396.

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[Extract] To the Editor: We write to alert policy makers and clinicians to the challenge presented by rising cannabis use in north-east Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory, given that many current cannabis users were previously petrol sniffers. In the past five years, there has been a rise in cannabis use and evidence of expansion of supply links in the Miwatj region. There are concerns that rising cannabis use is associated with social effects: increased family violence, drug–alcohol psychosis, self-harm and suicide, and community disruption. Policy makers seeking to foster initiatives to minimise harmful outcomes must develop general policies that can have local effects in a varied Northern Territory population. NT police have targeted cannabis in remote communities. A Substance Abuse Select Committee and Illicit Drugs Task Force, each with Indigenous representation, will report to the NT government during 2002.

Item ID: 44892
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1326-5377
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Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), National Illicit Drugs Strategy (NIDS), Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (CDHA)
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 04:52
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920399 Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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