Volatile Substance Abuse Decree draft prepared

National Substance Abuse Advisory Council has identified new volatile substances as major threats for children under the age of 18.

The authorities have prepared a draft Volatile Substance Abuse Decree to tackle high number of inhalant cases by young people and the accessibility of glue in the local market.

Under the draft decree, a person who sells or supplies a volatile substance to a child in circumstances where it is reasonable to suspect that the child may inhale or use it to become intoxicated, commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding $5000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

Latest statistics released by the Education Ministry of the 2011 Schools Information Management System showed a high number of drugs and substance abuse as well as sex-related activities.

212 inhalant cases were reported in 2011 alone.