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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

FIFO workers demand drives spread of synthetic marijuana to Indigenous communities

Date posted: 14 January 2014

There are fears that synthetic drug Kronic is making its way to remote communities in the Northern Territory. MLA Gary Higgins says people have told him more Kronic is coming to the Territory to be sold to fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers and its use by Aboriginal people is also growing. He says it appears mining, construction and other project workers are demanding Kronic because they think it is less likely to be detected in work-related blood tests than cannabis. 'It does not show up in tests after 24 hours, so a lot of these workers can use that as a recreational drug and it won't affect their employment,' he said. 'There is a concern that there is more and more of that becoming available.'

Kronic and other similar substances containing synthetic cannabinoids were banned in the Territory in 2011. A national ban on synthetic cannabinoids came into force in May 2012.

Mr Higgins is worried that the use of Kronic in remote communities will add to problems already being caused by alcohol and cannabis use.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Last updated: 31 January 2014
 
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