Information kit about inhalant abuse
This content presents information booklets for community drug and alcohol workers and the Koori community about abuse of inhalants.
About inhalant abuse - For health and community workers
This booklet was developed for community drug and alcohol workers, and health professionals, who are working with young people who are engaged in chroming or other inhalant abuse. Inhalants are a range of products, many of which are familiar household items, including glue, paint thinner, deodorants and petrol, that when inhaled may cause a person to feel 'high' (Australian Drug Foundation, 1999). Regular use of inhalants can lead to dependence and a range of associated health problems.
Young people often choose inhalants over alcohol or other types of drugs because they are easy to get, cheap, and legal and provide a quick high.
This booklet is concerned primarily with the inhalation of solvents, namely chrome paint. 'Chroming' is the practice of spraying chrome paint from an aerosol can into a plastic or paper bag and breathing in the contents.
About inhalant abuse - Information for parents and community members
These booklets are for the Koori community, parents and relatives who may be worried that someone they know is sniffing inhalants. These booklets tell you what sniffing is, how it hurts our young people, why they are doing it and what can help.
Remember this is not just your problem. There is help you can get from going to your Co-op, health service or Koori drug and alcohol worker. There are also ideas in these booklets if you decide to get involved as part of the community to deal with the problem.