THE sticky issues associated with glue sniffing include the limitations placed on police when questioning a child.
This, according to Litiana Seabuta of Rakiraki while speaking during the public consultation on the draft Volatile Substance Abuse Decree.
"The police procedure is that police cannot question a child when taken into custody unless under the guidance of their lawyers, parents or guardians. In the case of this decree, what must we do?" she asked.
Pointing out provisions of the decree that subjected users to compulsory counselling, Ms Seabuta also suggested that punishment be imposed on children who were frequent offenders.
"Under this draft decree, a child who is a victim is only liable to compulsory counselling, any child who knows this can abuse this particular clause of the decree.
"What if the child is the offender or trafficker, is he or she still protected under the decree or also commits an offence? So I propose compulsory counselling only for a first or second offender but penalty for continued offences."
She also recommended security in schools and regular bag checks as a precautionary measure.
National Substance Abuse Advisory Council director Misaele Driubalavu said they would need to take into account relevant provisions in the Child Welfare Decree and other related legislation to avoid contradiction and confusion.