Woolworths is forced to keep deodorant LOCKED away from customers to stop addicts from stealing the cans to ‘huff’ the fumes for a cheap high
- A Woolworths store in the Northern Territory has locked away deodorant cans
- Secure cabinets will be installed in the Casuarina store, in northern Darwin
- The store is hoping to reduce theft of the aerosols, stopping inhalant abuse
- Huffing the substance to achieve and altered state is called chroming or rexing
Woolworths has locked up aerosol deodorant products in one of its Northern Territory stores in a bid to help reduce theft and inhalant abuse.
The supermarket giant is trialling secure cabinets in the health and beauty aisle at its Casuarina store, in Darwin’s northern suburbs.
The cabinets, which are fitted with a bell to attract customer service, were set to be installed across the NT, a Woolworths spokesman said.
Casuarina Woolworths in Darwin’s Northern Suburbs is implementing secure cabinets to lock deodorant in aerosol cans away from customers
‘With these new cabinets, we’re hoping to significantly reduce the opportunity for misuse,’ Woolworths NT manager Scott Mackay said in a statement on Thursday.
Chroming or solvent abuse, which is also known as huffing, sniffing or rexing, is a form of volatile substance abuse to achieve an altered mental state.
It’s most common among young people and teenagers, who get high by breathing in or inhaling chemicals like petrol, glue, paint or deodorant that can often be purchased over the counter.
The aerosols are being stolen for people to use for solvent abuse or chroming, which is a form of volatile substance abuse to achieve an altered mental state
Inhalant abuse has been a problem in the NT for decades.
The NT government passed the Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act in 2005 to help prevent, stop and treat the problem.
Coles has also removed in June aerosol deodorants from its aisles across the NT and placed them behind lockable aerosol cabinets.
Inhalant abuse has been a problem in the Northern Territory for decades and Woolworths has been working closely with local police and community groups to reduce the risks of the abuse
A spokeswoman told AAP the company had worked closely with local police and community groups to reduce the risks to young and vulnerable people.
‘Customers seeking to purchase these products can simply ask a team member at the service desk for assistance,’ she said.
‘We’ve had wonderful feedback. It takes the whole community to support this issue.’
Darwin Woolworths to lock deodorant away in Northern Territory due to theft for inhalant abuse