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Neurocognitive and social changes associated with unleaded petrol sniffing and abstinence from further sniffing



The aim of this project was to determine what happens to brain functions in the long term after heavy petrol sniffing, and also determine positive and negative impacts on brain function for petrol sniffers to assist in the treatment and intervention of current petrol sniffers.

Previous research in this area showed that in petrol sniffers of nearly 10 years with serious neurological damage, there was some evidence of brain function recovery after two years of abstinence from further sniffing. This project will be following up the same sniffers who have now not sniffed for nearly 15 years to determine if there was further recovery in the long term. Any psychological and lifestyle factors that affected long term recovery or sustained impairment among these ex-sniffers will also be investigated.

This project ran from 2000-2009 and was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research


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Last updated: 27 February 2018
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