Lukumbat marawana: A changing pattern of drug use by youth in a remote Aboriginal community

Kate Senior, Richard Chenhall

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Abstract

Objective: To examine marijuana use by youth in a remote Aboriginal community in Northern Australia over a 5-year period. Design: Participant observation, structured and unstructured interviews. Setting: Remote Indigenous Australian community. Participants: Young Aboriginal people and adult community members. Mainoutcome measure: Emergent themes of the attitudes towards marijuana use among remote Indigenous residents are reported. Results: Restrictions in the availability of alcohol and petrol have led to increased use of marijuana with serious social and community consequences. Conclusions: Efforts to control licit substances, such asalcohol, in remote communities need to be addressed in the context of understanding of the dynamics of alcohol and drug use in totality as well as interventions that address underlying structural and social inequalities. � 2008 The Authors Journal Compilation � 2008 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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