Prevention and education

An important way of reducing the harms from volatile substance use (VSU) is to provide information on the risks of volatile substance and why sniffing solvents is dangerous to health [20888]. These can include community-based education programs, universal drug education programs, or strategies targeted towards people at risk or who have already started using volatile substances [21948].

The Central Australian Youth Link Up service (CAYLUS), based in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, is one example of a successful program in preventing VSU, and was initially started as a service to prevent petrol sniffing in 2002 [30967]. CAYLUS works to reduce the impact of substance use by reducing supply, reducing harm and reducing demand. Another example is a South Australian program

which was also introduced to address VSU in some remote communities. Evaluations of this program have found it was very successful, and this program is still educating communities across South Australia.

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