Australia's peak drugs body says it is concerned by reports young Aboriginal people in central Australia are stealing deodorant from supermarkets to get high.
An Alice Springs youth organisation says there is a deodorant sniffing outbreak in the town involving children as young as seven.
The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia's David Templeman says it is a dangerous situation.
"In some cases, it can include hallucinations and drowsiness and coma and that can then sometimes lead to death," he said.
"It's incredibly serious when your situation's about chemical poisoning, [it] can lead to brain and liver and kidney damage, that's certainly serious as far as looking at it from a long-term perspective."
Mr Templeman says the outbreak can be fought through giving community organisations more resources.
"It's not to say that education isn't already happening but we're dealing with a sector that's pretty stacked as far as resources is concerned," he said.
"If we want to get a better footprint with regards to education and understanding, it's going to require some additional capacity, some additional resources."
In a statement, retailer Kmart says it regularly meets community organisations in Alice Springs to find the best solutions to address solvent abuse.
Posted June 04, 2012
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