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Petrol sniffing irreversibly stunts growth: research

Date posted: 28 June 2017

Chronic petrol sniffing stunts growth permanently and the effects are not reversible. The findings were published as part of a joint study by the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Flinders University, Ninti One, the Menzies School of Health Research, and the University of Adelaide.

The study looked at data collected from 118 males in two Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, 86 of whom had chronically inhaled petrol when they were teenagers, starting at an average age of 13.

After two years of abstinence, the males were shown to be an average six centimetres shorter than their non-sniffing peers in the same community.

'This is the first time that growth impacts have been measured and observed into abstinence,' said Rose Crossin, a PhD student and one of the lead researchers from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Previous work, published last year, showed that petrol sniffing stunted growth and could cause weight impairments so severe it could result in a failure to thrive.

Source: ABC News

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