Mouthwash restrictions

Written by on 08/03/2019


MOUTHWASH and vanilla extract could be kept behind the counter by Darwin retailers to prevent alcoholics using them to get intoxicated.

Health Minister Natasha Fyles said she was aware of anecdotal reports of people using the household products as alternatives to booze.

“We’re completely rewriting the Liquor Act and it’s something I’ve asked to be considered in that — as we plug one hole and they shift to another measure, how we can ensure we have protections?”

Rice wine was another substance subject to misuse, she said.

Ms Fyles wouldn’t elaborate on what measures were under consideration to stop that abuse, but didn’t rule out keeping products locked up.

In Alice Springs, mouthwash is already kept in locked glass cabinets in supermarkets. Retailers voluntarily decided to keep the product out of easy reach after concerns around misuse arose more than a decade ago.

Some Top End retailers have also made the shift.

Independent Member for Araluen Robyn Lambley said the voluntary restrictions by retailers had made an immediate impact.

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