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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Greens call for data collection on drug use in remote APY lands

The Greens want the South Australian (SA) State Government to consider collecting data on marijuana use in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Aboriginal lands. The NPY Women's Council says there is anecdotal evidence that marijuana use is a big concern, however there is a lack of data to determine whether this is the case.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the information is needed, saying: 'If youth diversionary programs aren't put in place, people transfer their substance abuse to another substance and what's been clearly said to us previously is that substance is more often than not marijuana.'

The State Government states that while it does not reflect trends in drug use, a substance use treatment service based in the APY lands collects information of client referrals. Recent information has show that marijuana was an issue of concern for 26 out of 66 referrals to the service last year.

Source: ABC News

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Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation
3 Wilkinson St
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 8921
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8958 2345
Fax: (08) 8952 3742
Email: enquiries@npywc.org.au

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Last updated: 26 April 2012
 
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