Young people, alcohol and drugs

Volatile substance use: sniffing

Volatile substance use is the deliberate inhalation of gas or fumes released from a substance at room temperature, for the purpose of becoming intoxicated.

It's sometimes referred to as 'sniffing,' 'solvent use,' or 'chroming'.

Under Northern Territory law, people such as parents, doctors and police officers can apply to the Chief Health Officer for a treatment order for an adult or child who is misusing volatile substances.

If, through an assessment process and subject to other criteria, the person is found to be at severe risk of harm, the Chief Health Officer can apply to the court for a treatment order. 

The aim of order is to support the person to address their abuse and improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

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Last updated: 11 March 2016

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