Gas-sniffing is causing more problems in Davis Inlet.
Chief Simeon Tshakapesh says at least 42 children in this Labrador Innu community are abusing solvents to get high. “Things are getting worse,” he said in a Montreal Gazette article.
The community has been struck by frequent suicide attempts—three in one recent week. Many of the 17 gas sniffers sent to Alberta for treatment last year have gone back to abusing solvents.
The Chief said youths have been siphoning gas from boats at a dock, draining gas from unusued skidoos and sucking the last drops from a hose at the gas station when it closes down.
The article said Davis Inlet is also reeling from recent revelations that many of the children have been sexually abused.