Prevalence

Information on the prevalence of Volatile substance use (VSU)  is not routinely collected, so it can be difficult to know how common VSU is in  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. VSU is not a criminal offence and therefore not reported by the police, and data collection about VSU  does not always separate information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people [30967].

Studies show that the prevalence of VSU for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that have comparable data has been declining in recent years [31839], which has mostly been associated with the introduction of low aromatic fuel (LAF). However some communities continue to experience issues with volatile substance use.

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