Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Edith Cowan University's Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre have released a comprehensive review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Volatile substance use (VSU) is an issue of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. In locations where it is occurring, it impacts considerably on families and broader communities. An increasing number of reviews, reports and inquiries have been conducted over the past three decades, highlighting VSU as a critical issue. In decades past, the lack of progress in implementing recommendations contained in these reports created much frustration and despair in communities. In recent years, however, there has been significant progress, particularly in remote Indigenous communities, though there is still work to be done.