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Substance use support workers are calling on the State Government to help set up a rehabilitation centre for young children in north Queensland (Qld) caught sniffing chemicals.
Figures from the Townsville Hospital show presentations for volatile substance use are 15 times higher than five years ago. Children as young as six and seven have been reported to police for sniffing (also known as chroming) deodorants and paints to get high.
However, Substance Use Support Worker, Karen Rolfe, has told 7:30 Qld the problem will continue to get worse because there is no rehabilitation program for children in the state's north. 'They're continuing to do what they're doing because there's no other option. We have to send our kids to Brisbane and that's really costly. We need to be offering those facilities to them,' she said.
Karen Rolfe is calling on the State Government to mandate rehabilitation for young chromers, and to help fund a northern Qld rehabilitation centre.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation