Petrol Sniffing Interventions Among Australian Indigenous Communities Through Product Substitution: From Skunk Juice to Opal

Peter D'Abbs, Sarah MacLean

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Abstract

    Inhalation of petrol (gasoline) fumes has been prevalent in some Australian Indigenous communities since World War II, and has led to a continuing quest for an effective method of preventing the practice either by modifying the substance or by substituting nonharmful alternatives. This article traces the results of this search, beginning with the addition of ethyl mercaptan, then describing the substitution of aviation fuel for conventional vehicle fuel, and concluding with the staged introduction of Opala vehicle fuel containing low levels of aromatic hydrocarbonsthroughout many communities from 2005. The article assesses the benefits and limitations of supply reduction methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-106
    Number of pages8
    JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
    Volume46
    Issue numberSuppl. 1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Petrol Sniffing Interventions Among Australian Indigenous Communities Through Product Substitution: From Skunk Juice to Opal'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this