Thursday, April 25, 2019

VSA Headlines - April 2019

A man who has used solvents for 22 years talks to a paramedic in BBC1's Ambulance this week (Series 4, Episode 5). Click here to watch the episode (approx. 25 minutes in).

UK

Woman, 23, found dead sitting on her bed in Gillingham home after inhaling gas: Concerns were raised for her welfare when she hadn't updated her Facebook like she usually would every day.

Driver was not wearing seatbelt in fatal head-on crash: An inquest into his death at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone today heard the [man] - who had a low level of butane gas in his system - sustained multiple injuries in the crash in Chart Road.

Woman selling sexual favours to fund butane gas, heroin, cocaine and spice habit: A 'vulnerable' young woman resorted to selling sexual favours to support her out of control drug habit.

Man addicted to sniffing butane gas back in court: A man with an addiction to sniffing butane gas has appeared in court again after breaching a criminal behaviour order aimed to stop him doing it.

The extraordinary new life of Garin Jenkins: solvent abuse, Jesus Christ and the tragic moment that shocked rugby: He defied the odds to make something of his life after it appeared he was going nowhere.

Former Gorbals drug addict helping others beat addiction: Dad-of-three started sniffing solvents as a teenager.

Hundreds of bikers thunder into Exmouth for addiction charity ride: Organiser John Bramble, whose son Craif died from solvent abuse in 2001, is confident the final total will smash the £8,000 raised last year.

Driver 'caught inhaling laughing gas' behind the wheel in Dover: A young man has been arrested after he is thought to have been caught inhaling laughing gas behind the wheel.

Man charged with dealing laughing gas at Bestival: A man has appeared in court charged with supplying a psychoactive substance at Bestival.

Student jailed for Kendal Calling laughing gas sales: A student teacher who illegally sold laughing gas at a music festival has been jailed.

Premier League footballer 'filmed himself sexually assaulting a woman on a nightclub dancefloor after downing booze and taking hippy crack': The woman claims the unnamed individual was drinking heavily and also taking nitrous oxide, also known as 'hippy crack' or laughing gas.

Firm loses appeal after 200,000 nitrous oxide canisters were seized the Border Force at Southampton docks: A company has failed in a bid to recover more than 200,000 nitrous oxide capsules which were seized by Border Force staff ten months ago.

Laughing gas and violence at Birmingham nightspot prompts licence review: Concerns over the wide use of nitrous oxide at Club 101 in the Southside of the city centre.

Nightclub in Birmingham warned over laughing gas sales: Stories in Birmingham came "very close" to having its licence suspended, but was issued an "informal warning".

Hundreds of empty 'laughing gas' canisters discovered as it emerges growing numbers are taking the drug: Hundreds of dangerous laughing gas cannisters were discovered outside a Bolton primary school sparking concerns about the widespread use of the lethal drug in the town.

'Hippy crack' being taken openly say residents: Bolton residents have told how they have seen people openly taking “hippy crack” at all times of the day.

Laughing gas found at Blackheath allotments: A worried pensioner stumbled across evidence of people having taken potentially dangerous laughing gas.

Warning as 'laughing gas' canisters are found in Baxenden: A WARNING has been issued for people to avoid inhaling gas from tiny cannisters that have been found on a popular footpath.

Hippy crack is no laughing matter: The GQ Doctor on everything you need to know about the recreational use of nitrous oxide.

Deadly risk of breathing in laughing gas for kicks: Health experts are demanding research into the dangers of laughing gas after it emerged that it causes at least five deaths a year.

NETHERLANDS

More laughing gas users get burned by ice, say burns units: Hospital burns units are reporting more people suffering burns caused by laughing gas canisters, broadcaster NOS reports.

USA

Man sentenced to 12 years for battering 2-month-old (AR): A Hot Springs man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to felony battery for injuring his 2-month-old son in 2017 while "huffing" air duster to get high.

Omaha man who was huffing before crash into Crane Coffee shop gets prison time (NE): An Omaha man who admitted to huffing compressed air before a crash that injured four people has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Six People Injured After Crash Involving Nitrous Oxide (CA):  Six people were injured after a crash where a large bottle of nitrous oxide was recovered, early Saturday morning.

Suspect accused of 'huffing' household product before Salem crash appears in court (OR): The driver accused of “huffing” household products before a crash that sent one person to the hospital last week is due in court on Monday.

Teen Suspected Of DUI Involving Laughing Gas (CA): When most people think of a DUI charge, they often think about someone driving after drinking alcohol. However, any substance can earn a DUI charge so long as it affects a person’s ability to drive.

Driver, passenger charged after allegedly huffing aerosol cans (AL): Officers then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and discovered a glass pipe with “burnt leafy material inside” as well as four aerosol canisters.

Abilene police arrest woman who refused to stop huffing (TX): Abilene police arrested a Tuscola woman Monday in a south Abilene business parking lot after she continued huffing from an aerosol can of compressed air used to clean electronics.

Mouthwash, glue and gasoline listed as illegal intoxicants in Riverton (WY): The products listed in the ordinance include things like glue, paint thinner, mouthwash, felt tip markers and deodorant.

UAE

Youths inhaling 'lighter fluid' becomes new cause of Dubai car fires: Youngsters, between the age of 14-25, have started this new trend of inhaling lighter fluid, which can spark a fire inside the vehicle, Al Ittihad reported.

FIJI

Health Ministry works with police to address substance abuse: Opposition MP Lynda Tabuya questioned the Minister responsible, in parliament today about the mental health of children involved in glue sniffing.

NEW ZEALAND

Whanganui woman was seen sniffing the contents of a butane lighter fuel can she had stolen from local store: She pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary in Whanganui District Court.

AUSTRALIA

Tambellup woman escapes jail after stabbing partner twice following pregnancy news (WA): [She] had been sniffing petrol and drinking before the attack.

Fight against petrol sniffing (NT): The Katherine region in the Northern Territory will stay a designated ‘low aromatic fuel area’ according to the Western Advocate.

Newman more like ‘a war zone’ than a mining epicentre (WA): ... “A large concern is with the graffiti comes solvent abuse—again that is largely a juvenile crime—which has criminal as well as health affects."

Port Lincoln concerned about inhalant abuse (SA): The Port Lincoln Football League has been left disappointed after vandals damaged the changerooms at Centenary Oval.

Project You all set to help young women (WA): Leonora Police Station’s Senior Constable  has been working to stamp out volatile substance abuse in the region and requested Ms Holdaway host a workshop to educate youth about avoiding dangerous behaviour and treat them to an enjoyable weekend.

NRL Superstar and Cowboy House deliver important message to Normanton Community (Q): Today saw NRL Superstar Antonio Winterstein and Cowboy House attend the Normanton Community Sports Centre and deliver an important message to the Normanton Community on the dangers and harmful effects VSM (Volatile Substance Misuse) has on the community, family and the individual.

Friday, March 29, 2019

VSA Headlines - March 2019

UK

A bright, young student died from an accidental drug overdose after moving into emergency accommodation: [The] pathologist said the post mortem revealed the cause of [her] death was heroin toxicity, with butane gas as a contributing factor.

Mentally ill killer had sought help from hospital: After his arrest, [he] told a mental health nurse "his general problem was constant feelings of panic and anxiety which he attributed to his previous misuse of nitrous oxide".

A brief, 200-year history of humanity’s love for laughing gas: People were using it to get high in the 1700s—long before anyone used it to decorate cakes.

Why ‘nos’, the nitrous oxide party drug, is no laughing matter: Laughing gas is one of Britain’s most popular recreational drugs. How dangerous is it?

'Dramatic' drop in laughing gas usage in Newport: Councillor Thomas Janke, who launched a campaign against the substance six months ago, said it was fantastic to see the work pay off.

Hippy crack den camp found in Plymouth woods: Police have warned of the risks involved in youngsters inhaling nitrous oxide to get high after a encampment was found deep inside Belliver Woods.

More gas canisters discovered in other parts of Sheffield amid drug craze concerns: Gas canisters have been discovered in several other parts of Sheffield – after a great-grandmother raised concern that youngsters are using them to inhale potentially deadly fumes.

Concerns over substance use and dealing at park in Benfleet: Concerns have been raised about youths using and perhaps dealing laughing gas.

Concerns after laughing gas capsules found scattered across Horsham town centre: Horsham parents have raised concerns after discovering laughing gas capsules scattered across the town centre.

Police warning after 'laughing gas' canisters found in Padiham car park: Several empty canisters were found on Sunday morning in the Mytton Street car park in the town, prompting speculation that youngsters are putting their lives at risk to get a cheap 'high.

GREECE

Thousands of laughing gas canisters seized in Corfu: Port authorities on the Ionian island of Corfu confiscated 55,400 8-gram canisters of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) on Wednesday.

USA 

Officials conclude maltreatment at Mankato treatment facility after death of vulnerable adult (MN): The toxicology report showed the adult had been "huffing" from an aerosol can and passed out in the tub.

Woman Found Bleeding, Unresponsive; ‘Huffing’ Blamed (CA): A 25-year-old woman found face down, bleeding on a roadway inside a Canyon Country mobile home park, received medical treatment from paramedics and was later taken to a rehab center for treatment of a “huffing” addiction of inhaling aerosol chemicals.

Man crashes over embankment, through fence after huffing (WA):  Clallam County Deputies are looking for a man they say caused a crash after huffing fumes from an aerosol can.

Jim Nielsen’s bill to ban sale of nitrous oxide passes committee (CA): A bill proposed by state Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, that would prohibit smoke and tobacco shops in California from selling nitrous oxide has unanimously passed through its first committee.

Sigma Pi denies wrongdoing in OU freshman’s death: [He] died ... of asphyxiation due to consumption of nitrous oxide, or “whippets,” according to the [lawsuit brought by his parents], which alleges that Sigma Pi fraternity brothers forced him to take the drugs.

Florida man was high on erotic-themed nitrous oxide when he killed lawyer, cops say (FL): [He] was jailed Wednesday afternoon, accused of killing [a man] in July 2018 and injuring his wife and two young daughters.

Other stories relating to VSA came from OHEdmonds WA and Seattle WA,

AUSTRALIA

‘Chroming’ kids putting drivers at risk on Brisbane buses, union claims: Brisbane bus drivers say the number of children sniffing toxic chemicals to get high on board is rising and endangering other passengers.

SINGAPORE

Not for stress relief: Experts warn against using muscle spray to get ‘high’: The label reads “skin anaesthesia” and “for external use only”. But some people here are inhaling muscle sprays to get high – and putting themselves in danger of poisoning and death.

SOUTH KOREA

3 women in Gangnam arrested for inhaling 'happy balloons': On March 7, the Gangnam Police Department revealed they've arrested and are investigating a 24-year-old woman 'A' and two other women in their 20s for the use of 'happy balloons' at a home in Gangnam.

PHILIPPINES

PDEA, QC gov't partner to provide shelter for solvent-sniffing kids: The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Quezon City government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide shelter for children who were hooked into solvent abuse.

INDIA

Rights body finds no state-run rehab facility for children in Madhya Pradesh, issues notice to state: ..."The case study of two boys sent for rehabilitation shows the urgent need for such facility. Both boys, aged 8 and 12 years ... were dependent on inhalants."

Thursday, February 28, 2019

VSA Headlines - February 2019

UK

New finishing line for Action on Addiction motorbike ride: The Action on Addiction ride is the brainchild of John and Wendy Bramble whose son Craig died from solvent abuse 18 years ago. Last year saw more than 300 bikers take part raising £8,000 for Clouds House.

Police warning after 'laughing gas' canisters seized: Canisters have been seized in the Staffordshire Moorlands this month - with police warning of the dangers of inhaling the gas.

Baby found with laughing gas canister in her mouth at holiday park: A family have expressed their shock after finding their 11-month-old daughter with a laughing-gas canister in her mouth at a Norfolk holiday park.

Residents 'disgusted' after piles of 'hippy crack' canisters dumped outside Cambridge home: The psychoactive substances, or 'laughing gas' canisters were discovered scattered in Camside, Chesterton.

"A disgrace and a shambles": Drugs blight well-known beauty spot car park: Gas canisters and balloons used for taking laughing gas, known as nitrous oxide, were found on Horrocks Wood car park in Scout Road, Smithills — a popular rambling route with beautiful views across the borough.

Drugs education bus in Cotford St Luke and Bishops Lydeard: PCSO Sharon Baker said: "This is a multi-agency project to educate our young people about the risks of substance misuse. It comes after reports in recent months of nitrous oxide canisters being found in both villages."

Premier League star 'flew eight women including 16-year-old girl to £3,000-a-night Marbella apartment for booze-fuelled hippy crack party': They sank shots and inhaled balloons as his side were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool.

USA

Autopsy report shows Ohio University student died of asphyxiation due to nitrous oxide ingestion (OH): ... The cause of death was accidental, according to the report.

Eau Claire man sentenced for huffing, crashing into power pole (WI): [He] told police he blacked out after huffing aerosol fumes last June.

Man seriously burned in propane explosion in Kennewick (WA): A Kennewick man was severely burned after he was caught in an explosion while “huffing” propane.

Semi-truck driver cited for huffing after he's found passed out while making a delivery (WI): A semi-truck driver was cited for intentionally abusing a hazardous substance after he admitted to huffing a can of air duster while waiting for the trailer to be unloaded

Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T Nicholas III charged with drug trafficking (CA): Security at the Encore hotel entered Henry T Nicholas III’s room, one of the largest on the Strip, after he was locked out last summer. Once inside they found an unresponsive woman lying on the bed with a semi-deflated balloon lodged in her mouth, according to the arrest report.

Chicago Man Faces Eight Charges Following Rosemont Arrest (IL): A Chicago man faces numerous charges ranging from possession of cocaine and “whip-its” to possession of a firearm allegedly purchased outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store.

Three Grass Valley arrests involve drugs, alcohol (CA): Over the following minutes the officer discovered one of the men had an outstanding warrant calling for $100,000 in bond. He also had about 100 nitrous oxide canisters, some unused, on him and in his car, authorities said.

RUSSIA

Horrific car crash in St. Petersburg: Two killed including American citizen: ... The driver was ... under the influence of nitrous oxide – a chemical compound used as an anesthetic and commonly known as ‘laughing gas.’

INDIA

More than 4 lakh children are inhalant addicts: More than four lakh children and 1.8 million adults needed help for inhalant abuse and dependence, the report said.

GHANA

Ghanaian youth now sniffing glue to get high: Isaac Oduro of Peace FM revealed that, most of these youth in their hideout locally known as ‘ghettos’, are gradually adopting new ways of still abuse since the national campaign against tramadol.

AUSTRALIA

Canisters fuel drug concerns (VIC): Drug paraphernalia being found on Brimbank streets is fuelling community concern over the use of recreational drugs known as “nangs”.

JAPAN

Not funny: Man, 22, nabbed for import of ‘laughing gas’: Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 22-year-old male university student over the alleged import of the gas nitrous oxide, a designated medicine commonly known as “laughing gas”.

Monday, January 28, 2019

VSA Headlines - January 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan has been published and Re-Solv welcomes the recognition given to prevention in "new, funded, action the NHS will take to strengthen its contribution to prevention and health inequalities."

Other VSA-related news news this month includes:

UK

Mum calls for new investigation into death of daughter, 11, found holding aerosol can: A coroner recorded an open verdict after [she] was found dead in her bed at her foster home clutching an aerosol can.

'Fit and healthy' teenage rugby player died after inhaling 'hippie crack' and overdosing on ecstasy: [He] had taken the drug at a friend's house on October 26, last year, but was later found fitting and vomiting in a bedroom.

Man banned from asking the public for money in Penzance, Truro and Camborne: The order now prohibits [him from] the following: being in possession of a butane gas canister or butane gas; consuming aerosol or butane substances and being found in possession of an open container of alcohol in any public place, save in licensed premises or the beer garden provided by the licensed premises.

Crazed thug threw bleach in Barrhead shop worker’s face and covered him in carpet freshener after being told to leave store: ... [She] was struggling with drug and solvent abuse at the time of the offences but was now getting clean after being placed on a Community Payback Order in another case.

Warning over teens’ solvent abuse in King George V Playing Field, Rayleigh: Police have issued a warning after a group of teenagers were spotted using solvents and smoking cannabis in a park.

'No laughing matter' as footballer caught with largest nitrous oxide haul in Surrey Police history: The 27-year-old, who has played for Brentford FC and Brighton and Hove Albion, pleaded guilty to possessing psychoactive substances with intent to supply.

Nitrous Oxide stolen from QA Hospital in Portsmouth: Three men driving a large van forced their way into a storage area in the early hours of Friday, stealing nine canisters.

Councillor calling on agencies to join forces to tackle growing problem of ‘laughing gas’: Councillor Peter Winkler, from Norden, is calling on the government, council, police and other agencies to join forces to tackle what he describes as a growing problem in his ward and right across Rochdale.

Mum "disgusted" by find at children's play area: The mum took a video, which you can watch below, showing over 100 small silver capsules, which are used to dispense laughing gas.

New police warning over 'dangerous' laughing gas craze after used cannisters are found in Barwell: Police have warned of the dangers of inhaling nitrous oxide - known as 'laughing gas' - after they found signs of the activity while patrolling their patch.

Warning as walker finds 'hippie crack' next to Ingleby Barwick play park: A walker who found canisters and balloons near a children's play park has warned of the danger they can cause.

App which allows people to report where they find drug paraphernalia trialled in Merthyr: It is a mapping database designed to show the location of where drug litter such as used and unused needles, nitrous oxide gas canisters, crack pipes, and heroin cookers among other items.

USA

Huffing suspected cause of death after body found behind Statesboro store (GA): The body of a Statesboro woman was discovered this week. And the coroner believes the cause of death might be due to huffing.

Man Set to be Arraigned in Taco Stand Crash That Killed 11-Year-Old Girl (CA): Arraignment is set Wednesday for a man accused of driving while under the influence of nitrous oxide and causing a November 2017 crash.

Visalia man high on drugs, inhalant cause of head-on collision (CA): A Visalia man is recovering in the hospital after police said he caused a two-vehicle collision. Once doctors give him the all-clear, he will be arrested.

Other VSA-associated incidents were reported in OH, TN and across the US but unfortunately we can't provide links as many US reports are now inaccessible due to GDPR legislation.

RUSSIA

“Inhaled gas and kerosene.” Friend of teenager who burned in Moscow tells about his hard temper: A 15-year-old teenager, who was taken to a Moscow hospital with burns on 98% of his body, before the tragedy tried drugs, inhaled kerosene, stole and constantly picked up fights.

AUSTRALIA

Ain't nothing new about 'nangs' but how worried should we be about the drug? Ahead of the four-day Rainbow Serpent Festival in Lexton, north-west of Ballarat, organisers have banned 'nangs' due to the environmental hazard the discarded metal bulbs pose.

MALAYSIA

Govt mulling curfew for teens to curb social ills: ... Dr Wan Azizah said authorities were looking at the option as records showed that glue sniffing was serious among the young.

PHILIPPINES

PDEA to launch rescue drive on street children vs. drug abuse: The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to launch a project aimed at saving street children from solvent sniffing.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

VSA Headlines - December 2018

PHE and the Department of Health have published the latest treatment statistics for both young people and adults.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, 322 adults and 387 young people (median age 15) were in treatment services for VSA. 6% of under-13s in treatment services are using solvents.

Other headlines this month include:-

UK

Laughing gas laws not working, says ex-chief crown prosecutor: The law governing the sale of nitrous oxide, widely known as laughing gas, is simply not working, a former senior prosecutor has said. Watch the video 'Shops filmed selling 'laughing gas' here.

Laughing gas plot: Arrests in Rutland and Yorkshire: Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of importing up to £6m of nitrous oxide for illegal human use.

Gunners stars caught in 'laughing gas' storm: According to reports, several Arsenal players have been embroiled in a 'laughing gas' storm on Thursday night after it was reported they had inhaled nitrous oxide at a pre-season party.

Discarded 'laughing gas' canisters discovered at Ford Park, Ulverston: The discovery of empty 'hippy crack' canisters has led to warnings about the potential dangers of using the legal high.

Laughing gas cylinders found in Cotford St Luke play area: Children and young people are putting themselves at risk of harm inhaling a gas supposed to be used in medicine and catering.

USA

Casper man adits to battery, huffing, meth-related charges (WY): A man who was arrested for allegedly hitting a child after huffing air duster over the summer appeared in Natrona County District Court on Wednesday and entered guilty pleas to four criminal charges.

Billings man charged for ‘huffing’ prior to October crash that killed construction worker (MT): A 28-year-old Billings man has been charged in the death of a Montana Department of Transportation road worker after an Oct. 24 collision where the victim was struck and killed by a flatbed pickup.

Alleged drug-huffing driver charged following Saugus crash (MA): A man alleged to have huffed drugs was arrested on numerous charges after crashing a vehicle at Cogliano’s Plaza.

Pair caught 'huffing duster' in abandoned Pittston home (PA): Police arrested two men after they allegedly broke into an abandoned home and got high on canned inhalants Saturday afternoon.

Other VSA-associated incidents were reported in OH and across the US but unfortunately we can't provide links as many US reports are now inaccessible due to GDPR legislation.

CANADA

Angel's story a troubling look at a troubled Child and Family Services: Drug and solvent abuse began by age nine.

AUSTRALIA

The Conversation: Explainer - what is nitrous oxide (or nangs) and how dangerous is it? Media reports last week linked the use of “nangs” to the death of a teenager at schoolies week on the Gold Coast. [He] died when he fell from a balcony. He and his friends had reportedly been using “nangs” that day.

Youth advocates call for better regulation of nitrous oxide canisters known as 'nangs': In schoolies hubs such as Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the canisters can be found littered along the foreshore — the refuse of a night "on the nangs".

'Nangs' at your door in 30 minutes: How buying laughing gas has become as easy as having dinner delivered.

Fears of a petrol sniffing resurgence in some remote communities: Rates of petrol sniffing have dropped significantly since the introduction of Opal Fuel, but some support service providers say the dangerous practice is slowly returning.

NEW ZEALAND

Two teens injured, one critically, after a chemical huffing explosion: Two teenagers have been injured, one critically, after a chemical huffing explosion at an South Auckland apartment block this morning.

NAMIBIA

Sniffing petrol for breakfast: The Namibian follows the lives of two street children as they speak of their addiction to petrol and other harmful substances.

Friday, November 30, 2018

VSA Headlines - November 2018

This month the Home Office published their Review of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

"In conclusion, most of the main aims of the PSA appear to have been achieved, with the open sale of NPS largely eliminated, a significant fall in NPS use in the general population, and a reduction in health-related harms which is likely to have been achieved through reduced usage.

"However, some areas of concern have remained or emerged since the Act, such as the supply of NPS by street dealers, the continued development of new substances, the potential displacement from NPS to other harmful substances, and continued high levels of synthetic cannabinoid use among the homeless and prison populations."

Other VSA headlines this month include:-

UK

Football fan inhaled fatal amount of gas prior to car crash: A driver who died after crashing into a parked car had inhaled a fatal amount of gas prior to the incident.

Mother believes cause is 'unexplained': The mother of a boy, 13, found with butane in his blood says his death is unexplained due to a lack of evidence. A pathologist said it was not possible to give a definitive cause while a coroner gave a narrative conclusion of "sudden death of a person exposed to significant amounts of butane".

BMJ: Laughter isn’t always the best medicine: Recreational inhalation of nitrous oxide (N2O) is under-recognised in the UK, with potentially serious health risks.

Sixth consecutive annual fall in drug seizures revealed: For the first time, figures for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) have been included, with 1,523 seizures in the past year. The 1,523 NPS seizures were made up of 858 of synthetic cannabinoids, with other NPS accounting for 448 seizures, NPS powders 135 seizures and nitrous oxide 96 confiscations.

'We are in an experimenting epidemic' says charity as poll finds two in five Northamptonshire teens knows someone who has tried solvents or gases: The data, compiled by county-based charity Solve It following a poll of 1,376 youngsters aged between 15 and 17, highlights the extent of what's been called an "experimenting epidemic".

Man spotted sniffing solvents in Nuneaton library: The county council said a zero-tolerance policy on anti-social behaviour is in force.

Dangerous and can kill’ - Police find evidence of drug taking beside Suffolk village hall: Police have warned of the dangers of drug use after finding empty canisters of laughing gas by a Suffolk village hall.

Dozens of 'laughing gas' canisters litter Cambridge street: It is illegal to sell or import nitrous oxide for human consumption.

Hundreds of ravers descend on Great Cheverell: An illegal rave which saw hundreds of people descend on a village near Devizes caused traffic chaos and left a huge clean up job of debris including needles, cannisters and balloons used for taking nitrous oxide.

Picture shows Harlow car park 'littered with nitrous oxide canisters': A witness claimed that there were hundreds of the canisters.

Worries after gas canisters found in Sainsbury's car park: Concerns have been raised about drugs use in the car park of a town centre supermarket.

Worrying laughing gas 'epidemic' in Fairford (Gloucs): A resident in Fairford has described the use of so-called ‘laughing gas’ canisters in the area as an “epidemic”.

IRELAND

Ireland's not-so-black market of Laughing Gas: Brazen Irish retailers are selling dangerous nitrous oxide gas online — by using major Irish music festivals to encourage party-goers to stock up.

NETHERLANDS

19-year-old dies after inhaling deodorant spray to get high: A 19-year-old died after inhaling deodorant spray to get high, according to a new case report, and doctors who treated the man in the Netherlands are using the case to highlight the fatal consequences of inhaling chemicals.

USA

Driver who hit Girl Scouts, killing four, was 'huffing' chemicals, police said: The Wisconsin man who struck a Girl Scout troop while they were picking up trash on the side of a road, killing three children and a parent and injuring a fourth girl, admitted that he was inhaling chemical vapors before the crash, police said Monday.

Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) Responds to Girl Scouts' Death in Huffing and Driving Accident: "Too many people think that inhaling products to get high is harmless," said Rob Slone, President of the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) Board of Trustees. "We see too often the dangerous and deadly effects of huffing and driving," Slone said. "By continuing to proactively educate people on how deadly huffing can be, we can save lives—and ACE is dedicated to this critically important objective."In the Spring of 2019, ACE will be distributing an updated version of its Inhalant Abuse Prevention Kits. Since 2002 it has provided individuals, teachers, and state education departments with the resources and information they need to prevent abuse.

Family loses 34-year-old father of 2 during walk along Collins Avenue (FL): [The man responsible] was likely under the influence of "whippets" inhalant drug when he veered off Collins Avenue onto the sidewalk, and ran over the Pelleg family.

Driver charged with killing 11-year-old girl at taco stand in Los Angeles while high on nitrous oxide (CA): A man has been charged with killing an 11-year-old girl at a Los Angeles taco stand while he was allegedly driving under the influence of nitrous oxide last year, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Greeley man accused of attacking couple with meat cleaver after huffing computer duster sentenced to 13 years prison (CO): A couple were attacked while loading their car for fishing trip.

Huffing claims lives in Racine County (WI):  However, it wasn’t the huffer themselves that died, it was an accident caused by the person who was huffing.

Norfolk man arrested for huffing, child abuse (NE): A two-year-old child was found in the back seat of a man’s vehicle Sunday afternoon after he was observed slumped forward in the driver’s seat.

Omaha officials warn of new huffing trend among teens (WA): Lincoln police took to Facebook with a warning for parents after multiple teens stole air horns in an attempt to get high. One of those teenagers ended up in a hospital.

Other VSA-associated arrests took place in OH, UT and WI. (NB - many US stories are now inaccessible due to new GDPR legislation.

CANADA

Serious Need for Culturally Relevant – Land Based Treatment Centres: “The abuse of alcohol, solvents, opiates, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine is a serious concern amongst our leaders. This is a critical time for the health of our First Nation citizens.”

INDIA

Drug Abuse: Maiden de-addiction policy ‘glimmer of hope’, but implementation a challenge (Srinagar): ... The draft policy seeks “laws needed for restriction of sale of solvent containing compounds especially to minors. There should be special directions to teachers and parents to supervise the use of solvent containing products by children and adolescents”.

MALAYSIA

New legislation, the Inhalant Act, could curb ketum misuse and glue sniffing menace: The proposal to ban the growing of ketum and introduce the Inhalants Act is timely as it could help tackle the misuse of the plant and combat glue sniffing menace respectively.

AUSTRALIA

Teenager from NSW dead at Schoolies end of year celebrations on Gold Coast: The Sydney teenager who fell to his death from a Gold Coast balcony in the early hours of Thursday morning had reportedly been ingesting nitrous oxide before he died.

New plan to keep East Arnhem petrol sniffers on country and close to family (NT): A new plan to combat petrol sniffing in East Arnhem Land is being discussed with government officials this week, with the central aim of keeping kids on their home country for treatment.

ETHIOPIA

Glue sniffing street children of Ethiopia: He looked no older than 12 years old. He was sitting on the floor of the veranda of the Ethiopian National Theatre with other street kids.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

VSA Headlines - October 2018

UK 

Heartbreaking last message from mum, 35, who accidentally gassed herself to death while pregnant with fourth child – after post-natal depression battle: An inquest ruled [she] accidentally killed herself by inhaling gas, having done so as a 12-year-old to get 'a high'.

Popular Dereham sportman’s death was “drug-related”, inquest hears: Assistant coroner for Norfolk Johanna Thompson said the medical cause of death was “cardiac arrhythmia due to cocaine and volatile substance toxicity”.

Former Ayrshire heroin addict turns his life around by becoming a priest after a decade of being in and out of prison: "I had friends who took drugs and grew out of it, but I have an addictive personality and what started out as solvent abuse progressed to eventually becoming a heroin addict.”

Limehouse shop permanently closed after selling illegal ‘laughing gas’: A convenience store in Limehouse caught selling almost 13,500 canisters of illegal nitrous oxide has closed after it was stripped of its licence to sell alcohol.

A man from Longfield has been arrested after canisters found in car: [Police] searched the vehicle and found 80 canisters, suspected to have nitrous oxide in them, two mobile phones and £155 cash.

Police seize nitrous oxide during Wilmslow Road raid: The premises was reportedly 'openly selling' the drug to local residents.

Notorious graffiti artist caught selling laughing gas at Lockdown Festival: Police found 1,500 canisters in his tent and in his car.

Shrewsbury police crack down on laughing gas craze: Police in Shrewsbury have pledged to crack down on the use of nitrous oxide in the town.

'Nitrous oxide is no laughing matter' warns police: Police and the Safer Vale Partnerships are warning youths not to inhale nitrous oxide.

Lincolnshire laughing gas dealer 'too old for this': A judge has told a man who was caught with 472 laughing gas canisters at a music festival he is "too old for this".

Police to ramp up patrols in Honiton park after empty ‘hippy crack’ canister boxes and used balloons are found: In total, the empty boxes would have contained 120 canisters containing nitrous oxide - known as laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’.

Mellor residents concerns over nitrous oxide use after careless littering in Village Hall car park: Pictures show several empty canisters strewn across Mellor Village Hall car park, as well as burst balloons and discarded fast food takeaway bags.

Concerns over youths' growing nitrous oxide use: An area of Chepstow has become a haven for young people who want to buy and inhale nitrous oxide, according to a local town councillor.

THE NETHERLANDS

Use of laughing gas oon the rise at festivals: Dutch festivalgoers are increasing partaking in the use of nitrous oxide, a legal but potentially harmful pastime, according to event producers' association VVEM.

USA

Up to 8 years is possible sentence for unlicensed driver who killed 2 in crash near St. Cloud (MN): An unlicensed driver with a history of “huffing” chemicals could be sentenced to up to eight years after admitting to killing two people in a wrong-way crash near St. Cloud.

Teenager high on "Whip-Its" killed [70-year-old woman] in car crash (CA): We are told, this is the first accident like this in Kern County; where someone driving high on "Whip-Its" caused a fatal collision.

Man convicted in US 2 ‘huffing’ crash, homicide loses appeal (WA): A Sultan man whose vehicular homicide conviction included allegations of huffing computer cleaner while driving has lost his appeal.

Walmart not liable for death from huffing dust spray: Walmart isn’t liable for the death of a Texas woman who allegedly died in a store parking lot after huffing 60 cans of aerosol dust-remover purchased at the store during nine separate trips over a 27-hour period.

60 lbs of laughing gas uncovered during I-87 traffic stop (NY): A routine traffic stop by Hudson Valley police ended with authorities discovering 60 pounds of Nitrous Oxide.

Other VSA-associated arrests took place in NJ and OH. (NB - many US stories are now inaccessible due to new GDPR legislation.

NEW ZEALAND

Two injured after huffing explosion at home in Hamilton East: Two people have been burnt after a butane cannister believed to have been used for huffing exploded at a house in Hamilton.

SOUTH KOREA

South Korean Teenagers Exposed to Dangers of Vietnamese Drug Balloons: Narcotics known as “happy balloons” are being exposed to South Korean teenagers without any discretion, and regulative measures are being called for.

INDIA

Inhalants most common drug among street children: Inhalants are coming out to be the most common form of drug amongst street children. In some cases, medicines, especially sleeping tablets and painkillers are also used by the children, experts from All India Institute of Medical Science said.

Psychiatrists raise alarm over misuse of solvents: Psychiatrists and counsellors have urged the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to put a serious check on  on misuse of solvents like whiteners.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

VSA Headlines - September 2018

This month saw the publication of Key Findings in Adolescent Drug Use, the latest Monitoring the Future report from the USA. Reporting on solvent abuse - or inhalant abuse as it's known in the States - studies of school children in grades 8, 9 and 10 show the following:-

“For the three grades combined, annual use declined significantly in both 2012 and 2013, held steady in 2014 and then declined further in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, 8th graders showed a significant increase, while 10th and 12th graders showed a continued decline.”

Looking at the issue with eighth graders in more detail:-

"Eighth graders, who consistently have the highest prevalence for inhalants, accounted for all of the increase in inhalant use in 2017 (their annual prevalence was up by 0.9 percentage points to 4.7%) and all of the increase in the index including inhalants. Until 2017 inhalant use had been in a steady decline in all grades for roughly a decade or more, so this year’s possible reversal of that trend bears watching."

The report also noted a decline in perceived risk:-

"The decline in perceived risk is worrisome, and it resumed after 2015. In this case, the decline in perceived risk between 2001 and 2008 did not translate into a large surge in use, but it may leave future class cohorts at risk for a resurgence of inhalant use."

Other headlines from around the world this month include:-

UK

Coroner warns about dangers of inhaling gas after death of 16-year-old Co Armagh boy: A Coroner has warned young people about the dangers of inhaling gas after a 16-year-old Co Armagh boy "paid the price with his own life".

Mercedes driver high on gas who mowed down boy, 13, as he waited to cross road walks free: [He] sent a boy flying through the air as he appeared 'not on this planet' behind the wheel in Gateshead.

It’s a really bad idea to take laughing gas while driving: People are taking nitrous oxide balloons while they drive, even though inhaling the substance can make users unconscious.

Police seize laughing gas canisters at Swanley illegal rave: Police raided an illegal rave being held in a warehouse and seized a large amount of canisters of nitrous oxide – also known as laughing gas, a court heard.

Calls for action over nitrous oxide 'drug abuse' in Rubery: Police in Rubery are stepping up patrols in a bid to combat people buying and taking nitrous oxide to get high.

Dumped: Hundreds of nitrous oxide capsules found in Newport park: More than 300 empty canisters used to inhale nitrous oxide were found dumped in a park in Newport.

Concerns after potentially lethal nitrous oxide cannisters found in Worcester: Concerns have been raised after potentially lethal ‘laughing gas’ cannisters have been found across the city, including a near a primary school.

Police to patrol Lowndes Park in Chesham in bid to crack down on 'laughing gas' abuse: Officers are set to descend on Lowndes Park, near Park Road, after noticing a rise in silver nitrous oxide canisters – known as laughing gas – littered in the beauty-spot.

Residents' warning after 'laughing gas' canisters found littered around Burnham-on-Sea parks: "If it could do this to our dog imagine what it could do to a person."

Jude Law’s son inhales ‘hippy crack’ at Notting Hill Carnival moments before pal collapses: Jude Law’s son has been pictured attempting to help a female friend who collapsed after the pair used the so-called ‘hippy crack’ at Notting Hill Carnival.

Five men found with 'laughing gas' in this South Derbyshire car park: South Derbyshire's Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team spotted the men with the illegal substance in a car park in Willington.

IRELAND

Longford defendant with 'aerosol addiction' stole 12 cans of deodorant from Dealz: A woman who appeared before last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Theft & Fraud Offences Act was convicted and fined €105 following a hearing into the matter.

GREECE

Police in Zakynthos raid warehouse with laughing gas, arrest owner: Police on the island of Zakynthos announced on Friday they had seized 14,760 ampules of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) during a raid in a warehouse in the area of Ammoudi.

USA

'Casdorph the Destroyer' allegedly beat mom bloody with 'heavy duty' spatula (WV): Cops were called to a St. Albans, W. Va., home late on Sept. 13 to find [the] 30-year-old sitting outdoors with silver spray paint covering his mouth and hands while brandishing a metal bar.

Grandfather is stabbed to death with a machete during his granddaughter's first birthday party (MI): A man was fatally stabbed with a machete at least 15 times by an alleged drug user getting high on laughing gas.

Casper man denies child abuse, huffing charges (WY): The man accused of striking an infant after huffing air duster this summer pleaded not guilty to two charges Thursday afternoon in Natrona County Circuit Court.

Vancouver woman was allegedly inhaling fumes during pursuit (WA): Wild chase ends with wrong-way crash in downtown Centralia.

The festival party drug that uses balloons (GA): Go to a rave, concert, festival, club, bar or house show and you might see people with balloons. “What are those for?” you wonder.

Metro Police Looking For Concertgoers Getting High Off Laughing Gas (TN): Metro Park Police said they don't want a problem they've noticed in the last few weeks to balloon out of control: concertgoers getting high off of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas.

'You stomped me,' man tells now-fired Knoxville police officer in dashcam video (TN): A man who was huffing cans of gas duster behind a South Knoxville store claimed a rookie Knoxville Police Department officer repeatedly stomped on his neck after shocking him with a Taser, records show.

Other VSA-associated arrests took place in FL IN and OR. (NB - some US stories are now inaccessible due to new GDPR legislation.)

MALAYSIA

Petrol sniffing addict kills mother, dumps body in septic tank: A petrol sniffing addict is believed to have killed his 63-year-old mother and dumped her in a septic tank.

VIETNAM

Hanoi police detain music fest organizer after drug deaths: Witnesses said security was lax at the festival, that there were not enough security guards and the nitrous oxide balloons were sold publicly at the venue.

FIJI

Glue sniffing still an issue: With the many hard drug cases nowadays, it’s important that we don’t deter our attention from the fact that children are still sniffing glue.

Hanoi police detain music fest organizer after drug deaths: Witnesses said security was lax at the festival, that there were not enough security guards and the nitrous oxide balloons were sold publicly at the venue.

INDIA

Cops to issue notices to shops selling whitener to minors (Aurangabad): The city police have decided to take stringent action against shops to curb rampant sale and misuse of whitener, especially since minors are getting addicted to the liquid solvent.

AUSTRALIA

Sex drug known as ‘poppers’ may soon be placed in the same category as heroin in Australia: An inhalant drug commonly used for sex and short recreational highs could soon be outlawed in Australia.

Bush therapy works for troubled youth: "... we get kids as young as eight-years-old sniffing, they’re already drinking, smelling dope and that’s before they even become a teenager."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

VSA Headlines - August 2018


This  month, The Conversation published Volatile substance abuse – a problem that never went away, a new paper by Harry Sumnall and Sarah MacLean.

"Drug related deaths are now at their highest levels since records began in England and Wales. In 2017, there were 56 ecstasy deaths, each new tragedy generating headlines and leading to calls for action, such as the introduction of drug checking in nightclubs and festivals. But others are abusing a different range of substances, a problem that many people think largely disappeared in the 1980s and has been ignored in all the headlines ..." Read the full paper here.

News headlines this month included:-

UK

Returned to habit of sniffing air fresheners: A 38-year-old man found in a car in Portadown under the influence of something had returned to a habit of his teenage years of sniffing air fresheners, a court heard last week.

24-year-old woman shares warning on Facebook after laughing gas left her paralysed: Olivia Golding can no longer walk, and wants other people to learn from her mistakes.

Teen rushed to hospital after inhaling excessive levels of 'laughing gas': The youngster, who has since been discharged, was rushed to A&E after consuming a large amount of the nitrous oxide while out with friends in Warrington.

Shop under fire for selling 'hippy crack' gas canisters to children as young as 14: An off-licence accused of selling laughing gas to children as young as 14 was found to have nearly 13,500 silver canisters of the so-called “hippy crack”, police said.

Leeds NOS dealer caught with 360 Nitrous Oxide canisters in McDonald's car park: A court heard [he] admitted to officers that he had been selling Nitrous Oxide - also know as laughing gas - to others for £10 a time

Paramedic's purse stolen as thieves break into ambulance: Police said, aside from the personal belongings, canisters of oxygen and nitrous oxide and life support kits were taken.

60 hours' unpaid work for man who stole gas canisters worth £4.50: [The Procurator Fiscal] added the concern was that the product could be used for inhaling.

Hippy crack: how dangerous is nitrous oxide? Council workers pick up more than a million empty canisters on streets of one London borough.

Hordes of teenagers 'taking hippy crack en masse' in Tower Hamlets as police and council try to combat epidemic: Many east Londoners may be familiar with the sight of a pavement festooned with silver gas canisters or packs of bored teenagers having chemically-stimulated laughing fits.

Carnival war on knives - but police turn blind eye to hippy crack: On the ground in Notting Hill.

Illegal raves are being held in children's play areas in Gloucestershire and people have had it: Patrols were stepped up in Stroud at the weekend as Gloucestershire Police set about stamping out a recent spate of illegal raves and drug use around the town centre.

No laughing matter for Wapping residents threatened with violence by ASB thugs: On Wednesday morning the footpath next to the One O’Clock Club in the Gardens was littered with hundreds of discarded laughing gas canisters in one of the worst cases of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) related littering Love Wapping has seen in the last five years.

Parents warned to watch out for dangerous laughing gas paraphernalia in Flintshire: North Wales Police has been calling on residents to educate their children about the dangers of inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas) in recent weeks.

“Laughing gas” canister find on beach sparks health warning: A Montrose councillor has raised concerns after finding nearly 50 discarded canisters that previously contained a potentially lethal gas at Montrose Beach, leading to calls restricting the sale of the items.

Warning to parents as laughing gas canisters litter Abbey Wood (SE London): Laughing gas canisters are being found all over Abbey Wood and residents are not happy.

Dad and daughter find nitrous oxide canisters at Accrington park: A father and his young daughter discovered a number of nitrous oxide canisters as they enjoyed a walk at a popular beauty spot.

Sneaky truckers! Traffic cops use unmarked HGVs to catch thousands of drivers: ... Meanwhile, two DPD delivery drivers were seen inhaling nitrous oxide, often called 'hippy crack', in their parked van before driving off in Simmons Leasow, Birmingham.

Best theatre to see at Summerhall: Huff is a daring solo show by award-winning indigenous playwright Cliff Cardinal, which tells the wrenching yet darkly comic tale of indigenous brothers caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling with the death of their mother.

The weirdest things we learned this week: bone flutes, zebra carriages, and laughing gas parties: In late-18th- and early-19th-century England, people really enjoyed inhaling laughing gas.

IRELAND

Pills mum started off sniffing nail varnish: [The 41-year-old] began sniffing nail varnish when she was a teenager and ended up using heroin, a court was told.

SPAIN

Ibiza officials to vote on a ban of laughing gas: The use of nitrous oxide could result in fines for revellers.

CYPRUS

Two women fined for selling laughing gas: Two women were fined by the Famagusta court in Larnaca on Monday for negligent and reckless acts by selling laughing gas.

TURKEY

Gas lighter kills another Turkish teen: A Turkish teen has died after inhaling gas lighter, becoming the latest victim of a dangerous trend that experts issued warnings about.

USA

Drowning Autopsy: Death not suspicious; huffing clues found (MI): Two containers were found in the vehicle which are typically used for cleaning keyboards or huffing. One container was empty and the other was half-empty.

Huffing suspect shot to death, shooter released (OK): One person is dead from a gunshot at the Super 8 Hotel near 31st and South Memorial.

DUI by ‘huffing’? (FL): Delray crash case spotlights potency of inhalants.

Casper police arrest man for huffing air duster, hitting baby (WY): A Natrona County man was arrested Friday after he allegedly huffed air duster and struck an infant.

Winslow man was inhaling Dust-Off before crash into house (ME): [The 49-year-old] is sentenced to jail and has his license and registration privileges suspended for three years after pleading guilty to three misdemeanor charges stemming from the crash.

Woman was huffing glue while riding a scooter before crashing into a Saugus Walmart (MA): A 35-year-old Lynn woman crashed her motorized scooter into Walmart while huffing glue, according to Saugus Police

Massena woman accused of huffing on railroad tracks (NY): A Massena woman was charged on Tuesday with huffing on railroad tracks, according to village police.

Chapel Hill ISD teacher arrested then fired (TX): East Texas Matters reports law enforcement suspects [he] was getting high by huffing out of the aerosol can found empty in his vehicle.

Naked man found doing jumping jacks in McDonald’s restroom, police say (TN): [He] had prior arrests for huffing, the court document said. Deemed a potential danger to himself and others because of his intoxication, he was arrested.

Shocking footage of former UCLA star exchanging gunfire with the LAPD emerges as mother feared he suffered 'psychotic break' after 'huffing laughing gas (CA): [His] mother ... said the 27-year-old had been 'huffing nitrous oxide' and had not slept or eaten in days.

Nashville dentist has license suspended for abusing laughing gas during work hours (TN): A Brentwood dentist lost his medical license due to accusations he abused the use of laughing gas.

Palm Bay Man Inhales Aerosol Duster at Staples in Melbourne (FL): A Palm Bay man was found unresponsive in his vehicle in a Staples parking lot after inhaling from a Duster aerosol can, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

Consumer alleges Sunshine Daydream, others failed to ensure nitrous oxide would not be used for illicit purposes (IL): A consumer who alleges he became addicted to a colorless gas used as whipping propellant for food-grade aerosols is seeking damages from businesses who sell the gas.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

VSA Headlines - July 2018

A new paper published in Schizophrenia Research, authored by Mustonen et al, and based on a longitudinal study of 225 participants suggests that inhalant use in adolescence increases the risk for psychosis. The authors conclude:

"Inhalant use in adolescence was independently associated with incident psychosis. The adverse health outcomes associated with adolescent inhalant use provide compelling reasons for implementation of policies to reduce the use of volatile substances in adolescents."

Read the full paper, Adolescent inhalant use and psychosis risk – a prospective longitudinal study.

Another new paper published in Neurology and authored by DeLuca et al suggests that inhaling paint and varnish fumes may increase the risk of multiple sclerosis.

"How this cocktail of MS genes, organic solvents and smoking contributes so significantly to MS risk warrants investigation.

"In the meantime, avoiding cigarette smoke and unnecessary exposure to organic solvents, particularly in combination with each other, would seem reasonable lifestyle changes people can take to reduce the risk of MS, especially in people with a family history of the disease."

Read the full paper, Genes, smoking, and organic solvent exposure: An alarming cocktail for MS risk.

Other news this month includes:-

UK

The extraordinary true story of Garin Jenkins: solvent abuse, Jesus Christ and THAT picture: He defied the odds to make something of his life after it appeared he was going nowhere

Warning about inhaling 'lethal gases' after canisters found discarded in Broughton: More cannisters were found in the Old Warren area over the weekend, with police posting an image of the bag of the items to show the scale of the problem.

Drivers caught 'inhaling gas from balloon' and 'four times over alcohol limit' in Gloucestershire: Police have dealt with drivers alleged to have used 'gas from a balloon' and large quantities of alcohol this week.

Newquay police begin summer crackdown on teen boozing and drugs as officers reveal seized stash: Operation Exodus is in full swing in Newquay after police seized a stash of alcohol and nitrous oxide from teenagers on holiday.

Dangerous 'laughing gas' canisters left littered in a Bedworth park: Inhaling the gas can lead to fainting and even heart attacks.

Ipswich public space protection orders widened to tackle gang loitering and drug use: "Whilst the previous DPPO and existing PSPO can be used to address issues around street drinking, it fails to provide any redress to other, associated, issues such as solvent abuse, aggressive begging, rough sleeping, defecating or urinating in public."

USA

Driver sentenced to 2 years in fatal pedestrian crash (WI): A Reeseville man accused of fatally striking a pedestrian after inhaling aerosol has been sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Man charged with killing 4 in high-speed crash (FL): Detectives say [he] had been huffing electronics-dusting spray shortly before the crash.

Driver might have huffed before wrong-way crash that killed 2 in classic car, police say (MN):  An alleged wrong-way driver is charged in a crash that killed two men test-driving a vintage car in central Minnesota.

Man huffed stolen dust cleaner at 2 Walmarts on day he died, Kenner police say (LA): [He was] accused of stealing dust cleaner and huffing the cans at two Kenner Walmarts before a confrontation with police. He later died at a Kenner hospital following a medical emergency.

Man accused of battering juveniles, slapping woman (NM): A San Juan County man is accused of battering two juvenile males and slapping a woman after inhaling from a can of pressurized air.

Clearwater mom charged with 'huffing' chemicals while driving 1-year-old (FL): Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Clearwater mother for huffing chemicals while driving with a 1-year-old in the backseat.

Indiana mother arrested after huffing glue near 3 kids (IN): Authorities have arrested a mother for allegedly huffing glue and possibly using fentanyl near her three children.

Deputy and K-9 partner recovering after crash while pursuing wrong-way driver (OH): Wilson said a new trend he sees is “huffing” and driving. “The effects of it wear off fairly quickly. Which is why people are huffing while they are driving.”

Batesville Police Warn of Huffing Dangers (AR): A warning from police in Batesville over a dangerous high more people are getting from a household cleaner. In the past month officers have seen a spike in calls involving people huffing air dusters.

New ordinance approved in Tulsa for aerosol spray paint (OK): Individuals under 18 can only possess or purchase aerosol spray paint if they are in the company of a teacher, employer, guardian or parent. Tulsa World reports the ordinance is the brain child of City Councilor Connie Dodson. She hopes this will help address the city’s huffing and graffiti problems.

Other vehicle and traffic incidents caused by VSA were reported in OHPA and WI while other VSA-associated arrests took place in FLIA, ILNY, PA, SD and TN. (NB - some US stories are now inaccessible due to new GDPR legislation.)

CANADA

Police help Pikangikum youth build safer community: The five-year project funded by Public Safety aims to reduce youth crime and solvent abuse in the remote First Nation.

INDIA

Srinagar tops list of drug addiction cases in 2017: ... drugs like cabbies, brown sugar and heroin were commonly used by drug addicts in Kashmir adding there were no checks on the menace. “Inhaling of Fevicol SR, glues, petrol, thinner, erasers are being used by the school going children," said Dr Yasir.

PAKISTAN

Rehabilitation centre gives hope to drug addicts (Swat): “I started glue sniffing and then got addicted to heroin at the age of 10.

PHILIPPINES

PDEA vows to go after street kids using solvent: PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino led the launch of “Project: Sagip Batang Solvent” designed to rescue street children from the drug trade and drug abuse with sniffers of solvent as primary targets