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Volatile substance abuse (huffing)

Updated: 04 July 2016

What's Important To Us

Using substances to create a ‘high’ is prevalent in New Zealand and generally a common feature of most societies around the world. It is important that we understand how this type of substance abuse can affect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and make sure this is reflected in their assessment and our response.

This key information provides some details about substance abuse, what you might notice when someone is using, and outlines some issues to consider in your work with children and young people.