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Stuck on glue

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, June 26, 2014

YOUNG Fijians who sniff glue to intoxicate themselves also chew it as gum and even use it on top of buttered bread for their meals.

As the country marks International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking today, police and the National Substance Abuse Authority Council warned people of the dangers they put themselves in with such addictions.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said glue sniffing had been prevalent with students for some years and that it had led to chewing dried glue.

Insp Sokomuri said the trend was not new to Fiji.

"When children sniff glue, after a while the glue solidifies and they chew on this," Insp Sokomuri said.

He could not confirm if the glue that was chewed was swallowed or spat out.

"I can confirm that is one of the techniques they use. When the glue stiffens, they chew on it."

National Substance Abuse Advisory Council (NSAAC) CEO Misaele Driubalavu said they were aware of students who ate glue as a form of intoxication.

"It has been reported to us, cases in the past where some young people have buttered their bread, spread glue on top and eaten it," Mr Driubalavu said.

"Some have taken the glue out from its packet/ tin and chewed it."

Insp Sokomuri said they were working closely with NSAAC to raise awareness on glue sniffing, eating and other intoxication addictions.

"Sniffing and eating glue is dangerous, it is not good for your health. Glue is meant for something else, not for food."

Drug awareness programs are being held in schools around Fiji throughout this week.

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