Australia NT supermarket locks up aerosol deodorants
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Supermarket giant Woolworths is putting all aerosol deodorant products behind locked cabinets in the Northern Territory to help reduce inhalant abuse among young people. Chroming is a form of volatile substance abuse involving the inhalation of solvents such as deodorants or other household chemicals to get high.Health professionals have long been concerned about the practice because it can lead to permanent brain damage.Last month, Coles pulled all aerosol deodorants from the shelves of its Northern Territory stores.
Woolworths has locked up aerosol deodorant products in one of its Northern Territory stores in a bid to help reduce theft and inhalant abuse.
The supermarket giant is trialling secure cabinets in the health and beauty aisle at its Casuarina store, in Darwin's northern suburbs.
The cabinets, which are fitted with a bell to attract customer service, were set to be installed across the NT, a Woolworths spokesman said.
"With these new cabinets, we're hoping to significantly reduce the opportunity for misuse," Woolworths NT manager Scott Mackay said in a statement on Thursday.
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Chroming or solvent abuse, which is also known as huffing, sniffing or rexing, is a form of volatile substance abuse to achieve an altered mental state.
It's most common among young people and teenagers, who get high by breathing in or inhaling chemicals like petrol, glue, paint or deodorant that can often be purchased over the counter.
Inhalant abuse has been a problem in the NT for decades.
The NT government passed the Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act in 2005 to help prevent, stop and treat the problem.
Coles has also removed in June aerosol deodorants from its aisles across the NT and placed them behind lockable aerosol cabinets.
A spokeswoman told AAP the company had worked closely with local police and community groups to reduce the risks to young and vulnerable people.
"Customers seeking to purchase these products can simply ask a team member at the service desk for assistance," she said.
"We've had wonderful feedback. It takes the whole community to support this issue."
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