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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Murri leaders urge government action on young people substance use

Date posted: 27 March 2014

Substance use and violent incidents have prompted calls for government action in the Brisbane district of Logan, Queensland.

The community is urging the government to address the issue of substance use, including chroming (volatile substance use), and have started a petition addressed to local politicians.

Brisbane Aboriginal Reverend, Alex Gater, has voiced her support for the petition, describing the issue of substance use in the community as ongoing. 'There's been a lot of anger where the youth are saying they've been asking for help and that no-one's prepared to help them,' she said. 'Their voice has been falling on deaf ears and they're frustrated and they're angry and they turn to substance abuse and they feel that no-one is prepared to help them.'

Youth worker, Sam Ahmat, said substance use problems plagued youth from many backgrounds in the area's multicultural community, including those from the Murri population. 'That particular problem is an epidemic problem here and it's children of all backgrounds who are engaging in this type of activity.'

Mr Ahmat said a drop-in centre would help address some of the issues and provide family support services.

Source: National Indigenous Television (NITV)

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Last updated: 26 March 2014
 
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