The mysterious practice of petrol sniffing in isolated Indigenous groups

Sheree Cairney, Kylie Dingwall

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    The practice of petrol sniffing is a unique and poorly understood phenomenon that is associated with substantial morbidity, mortality and social devastation in affected remote Indigenous communities. For these groups and for the wider community, much mystery has surrounded the practice and its effects. Here we introduce the epidemiology of petrol sniffing among Indigenous groups internationally, review its impact on the brain, behaviour and social functions and summarise related interventions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)510-515
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


    • Indigenous
    • inhalant
    • petrol sniffing
    • substance abuse
    • volatile solvent

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