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Petrol, paint and other inhalants

by Gobbert S, Keech J, Kelly C, Stubbs E, Trowbridge K

Book section
Year 2012
Book title Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work
City Sydney
Publisher University of Sydney
Page 207-216
Isbn 9781742102672 (hard copy) 9781742102689 (online)


This chapter is from the Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work and provides information for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers on petrol, paint and other inhalants, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's use of inhalants
  • commonly used inhalants
  • common ways to use inhalants
  • inhalants' effects on the body
  • how to recognise harms from inhalants
  • how to recognise inhalant dependence and withdrawal
  • how to assess a client who uses inhalants
  • how to help a client who uses inhalants
  • available treatments
  • reducing the harms associated with inhalant use if a person cannot or will not quit
  • preventing inhalant use.

Abstract adapted from the University of Sydney



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Last updated: 27 February 2017
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