First Nation in Manitoba battles huffing with odorless gasoline

Solvent abuse has been reduced on the Shamattawa First Nation in Manitoba since the introduction of an odorless gasoline on the reserve.

Opal fuel was developed in Australia to combat huffing in Aboriginal communities. The fuel is stripped of nearly all of its intoxicating elements.

The fuel was introduced last summer. Since then, the number of people who are detained for huffing has declined.

“I know for 2010 we lodged a lot less [people for sniffing] than we had my previous year in 2009,” RCMP Cpl. Raelyn Hart told CBC News

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