Tuesday, June 30, 2020

VSA Headlines - June 2020

In The hidden burden of laughing gas, published in BMJ Opinion on 16th June, Amira Guirguis, Luigi Martini and Mair Davies argue that tighter regulations around the sale of N2O online need to be imposed by the government and project that the number of patients presenting to healthcare services with neurological damage due to N2O consumption will rise. Read more here.

In other headlines:-

UK

South Yorkshire solvent-abuser gets "one more chance" or she faces jail: A solvent-abuser who breached a Criminal Behaviour Order for the fourth time after she was caught with aerosol canisters in public has been given “one more chance” to avoid prison.

Man caught with gas canister at Aberdeen shopping centre: A man was caught breaching an anti-social behaviour order after being found with a gas canister at an Aberdeen shopping centre.

Premier Inn and police want 3m fence to stop butane-addicted beggar: Police are backing a bid by a hotel for a security fence to stop anti-social behaviour in one of Norwich city centre’s streets - particularly to deter a beggar described by officers as “a daily drain on resources”.

Laughing gas arrests after 1,800 canisters found in car: Police stopped a vehicle on Furnace Way, Swansea, arresting a 16-year-old youth, and two other men, aged 21 and 22, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a psychoactive substance.

Police seize more than 20,000 nitrous oxide capsules in huge 750-officer road crime operation: Metropolitan Police also made 33 arrests for a variety of offences, including possession of offensive weapons, possession of Class A drugs, and drink and drug driving.

Three men in Worksop arrested on suspicion of intent to supply 'laughing gas': It’s after dozens of Nitrous Oxide canisters were found in Manton.

17-year-old Swindon boy investigated by police over supply of nitrous oxide: A 17-year-old boy is the subject of a police investigation into the distribution of nitrous oxide after being found in possession of a large number of canisters.

Groups seen fighting and inhaling laughing gas at Endcliffe Park as police issue appeal: A police appeal has been made for mobile phone footage of a fight in a Sheffield park.

Cash, cannabis and 6,000 laughing gas canisters found in Brierley Hill: Around 6,000 nitrous oxide canisters were found along with cash and cannabis by police in the Black Country.

BALLOONACY: Hamilton ace Shaun Want admits inhaling ‘hippy crack’ after club insisted he was blowing up kid’s birthday balloons.


Nitrous Oxide: Investigation: By Senior Correspondent Mick Coyle for the Bauer Hits Radio and Greatest Hits Radio network.

Nitrous oxide use among young people is increasing in lockdown because it’s cheap and accessible: A common perception is that laughing gas is harmless, but medical experts warn of its dangers and call for better regulation.

'Neglect' claims over failure to tackle laughing gas abuse by teens: Claim comes as it is revealed no test purchases of the age-restricted products had been carried out by trading standards.

Call to stop 'Hippy Crack' being sold to kids in similar crackdown to 1980s glue-sniffers: Councillors say more needs to be done to stop canisters being sold by some retailers.

Tamworth councillor starts petition over the growing misuse of 'laughing gas': Cllr Pritchard hopes his petition will gain 10,000 signatures and thus trigger a formal government response.

Government responds to Philip Davies over Nitrous Oxide fears: A Bradford MP has called on the Government to put a "greater focus" on the use of nitrous oxide (N20) across the UK after community centres shared concerns about its accessibility.

Social worker expresses concern over soaring use of 'laughing gas' by young people: An increasing number of small canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or hippy crack, are being found in Wigan, community leaders have said.

Experts call for action as telltale silver canisters from laughing gas use litter our parks in lockdown: Ministers have been told to clamp down on the dangerous 'hippy crack' craze which is booming during the lockdown. (News stories centring on local concerns about nitrous oxide canisters discarded as litter came from BirminghamBrighton, BroadstairsBromsgroveCardiff, CoventryDevon, EpsomEssexFife, Filey (N Yorks) Leicestershire, LichfieldLiverpool, Maidenhead, Milton KeynesNewark, Peterlee, PortsmouthRichmond (Yorks), Saddleworth, SheffieldSomerset, St Helens, South TynesideSurrey, WarringtonWigan, WhitstableWrexham, York.)

Off their heads: the shocking return of the rave: ... Worse still were the thousands of discharged nitrous oxide gas canisters, which are made of metal and can be fatal to birds and other wildlife. “It was a sea of silver,” Lord says. “I couldn’t even guess how many of them I picked up. Thousands and thousands.”

Police break up lockdown party after 30 revellers 'set up tented village in woods': The partygoers had lit a fire and reported finding bottles of alcohol and nitrous oxide cannisters littered at the scene.

No laughing matter: Deadly hippy crack craze sweeping post-lockdown Britain as parks and beaches left looking like ‘giant dustbins’.

The deadly hippy crack craze: Harry Wallop on the oh-so-trendy – but sometimes fatal – drug of choice for the post-lockdown revellers who are turning Britain into a giant dustbin.

Opinion: Nitrous oxide is no laughing matter: By Chief Inspector Neil Mitchell.

Calls to bring 'laughing gas' ban into town centre: Calls have been made to ban the use of ‘laughing gas’ in Doncaster town centre in line with strict anti-social behaviour measures.

Bradford community centre fears Nitrous Oxide drug "trend": Criminal justice workers have urged the Government to re-categorise a legal high after noticing more young people being "exploited" and influenced into taking Nitrous Oxide (N2O) across the district.

No laughing matter...nitrous oxide users told they face criminal record: Users of nitrious oxide are being told they could end up with criminal record as police continue to warn of its dangers.

Reports of youths taking drugs at Horrocks Wood car park: ... "There were small compressed gas canisters all over the car park, they had been thrown on the floor."

Laughing gas canisters in Witham spark concerns about use: Council bosses are looking to crackdown on a “dangerous” drug following an apparent surge in use.

'Extremely dangerous' laughing gas canisters discarded around NI - 'please don’t inhale nitrous oxide – it could kill you': A warning has been issued to the public to be aware that a number of nitrous oxide or laughing gas canisters being discarded in various places in NI.

Parents warned of potentially deadly 'hippy crack' drugs craze in Edinburgh and Lothian parks: Lothian MSP and Scottish Tory health spokesman Miles Briggs [said] ... “I will be raising this matter with the Scottish Government and asking what efforts it is making to educate young people in Lothian about the risks of using it and how it can do more to tackle those supplying it to youngsters.”

Police issue warning about dangers of inhaling nitrous oxide: The warning comes after officers have reported seeing an increase in the number of empty canisters they are finding while patrolling North Yorkshire, especially in areas where young people are known to meet and congregate.

Police urge people to ‘say no to N2O’ following reports of drug use in Hemel Hempstead: Police are warning the public about the dangers of nitrous oxide following an increase in reports of people using the drug in Hemel Hempstead.

York police issue warning to parents after youths were seen inhaling nitrous oxide: Police have issued a warning to parents after finding evidence that children were taking nitrous oxide on a York field.

Police to patrol Camberley park after reports of nitrous oxide use: Police are to carryout patrols of the area around Watchetts Recreation Ground in Camberley after reports of nitrous oxide use.

Police increase patrols around 'problem areas' of Bath after night rave: Officers received reports of anti-social behaviour, drinking, and drug use in local parks

Nitrous oxide cannisters found at Royal Victoria Country Park: Police have issued a warning about the potentially fatal consequences of inhaling laughing gas after searching teenagers and finding nitrous oxide cannisters.

Police warning over worrying laughing gas trend hitting West Yorkshire's streets: Nitrous Oxide also known as Nox or Laughing Gas is a psychoactive drug.


Police warn of lethal dangers of Nitrous Oxide after “massive” increase in empty canisters: Police in Lymm are warning about the potentially lethal dangers of inhaling Nitrous Oxide after noticing a “massive” increase in the number of empty silver canisters around the village.

'Laughing gas' warning issued after empty cartridges found in South Tyneside: A warning about the dangers of inhaling ‘laughing gas’ has been issued after discarded cartridges were sighted around South Tyneside.

Gas canisters found in Weston Hills prompts new warning about using laughing gas: A new warning about the use of laughing gas has been issued by police after gas canisters were found scattered on land in South Holland.

'Laughing gas' warning as police urge parents to speak to children about dangers of drug (Sunderland): Parents have been urged to speak to their children to deter them from using ‘laughing gas’ which can prove deadly.

The dangerous trend hooking bored Yorkshire teenagers during lockdown: Warnings have been issued on the potential fatal dangers of using nitrous oxide cannisters in Yorkshire after a rise of it being abandoned around the county.

Drug craze fears as over 500 canisters of ‘hippy crack’ found on Scots beach: A clear-up of Longniddry Bents in East Lothian saw 533 containers of nitrous oxide recovered alongside empty booze bottles.

Police issue warning to Melton ‘laughing gas’ users: Police have issued a warning to people in the Melton borough who are using so-called ‘laughing gas’ materials about the dangers they are facing.

Huge rise in ‘laughing gas’ abuse, TD claims: There has been a jump in the number of discarded canisters of nitrous oxide in parks and public areas since the pandemic began, Mark Ward said.

Revellers doing 'hippy crack' at Bolton reservoir: Teenage revellers have been seen inhaling nitrous oxide ­— also known as laughing gas or 'hippy crack' ­— and drinking at a Bolton beauty spot.

Laughing gas canisters trigger health warning: A health warning has been issued after dozens of laughing gas canisters were found around Workington.

Funding boost for organisation helping young people in Lichfield and Burntwood during coronavirus crisis: ...“ Included in the bags of fun are crafting items, pots to plant seeds, wellbeing items, sweets, plus leaflets provided by Re-Solv for young people and parents surrounding issues in lockdown.”

IRELAND

‘I’ll probably die of a broken heart’ — Parents speak out about dangers of ‘hippy crack’ following 15-year-old’s death: The parents of a 15-year-old boy have spoken out about the dangers of Nitrous Oxide, also known as ‘hippy crack’, following his death.

Kildare GardaĆ­ find almost 1,000 canisters of 'laughing gas' drug in house: As part of Investigations into the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Kilcock area, GardaĆ­ searched a house in Kilcock in recent days.

Call for awareness campaign in Dublin on nitrous oxide dangers: A Dublin TD has asked the Minister for Health to set up an awareness campaign on the dangers of nitrous oxide or "laughing gas".

Use of nitrous oxide or 'hippie crack' on the rise during pandemic: A teenage boy died after inhaling the gas in Dublin last month.

No laughing matter: HSE warns against recreational use of 'laughing gas': People may take it for a short-term "euphoric high", according to the HSE's Clinical Lead on Addiction Services, Dr Eamon Keenan.

Ketamine and nitrous oxide seized by Gardai: As part of Investigations into the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the Kilcock area Gardai searched a house in Kilcock during the week.

TD claims number of bored youths turning to ‘laughing gas’ is sky rocketing: The number of young people inhaling nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’, has risen sharply during the Covid-19 pandemic, a TD has claimed. See also Nitrus oxide: Kids being introduced to hard drugs though laughing gas epidemic: TD calls on Government to create awareness campaign around gateway drug 'hippy crack' that has claimed at least one Dublin young life and left others with life-changing injuries.

'Hippy crack' on rise in Swords: (Fingal) Regional drugs task force warns of danger of Nitrous Oxide.


Warning to parents and kids as nitrous oxide canisters popping up around Ireland: Last week a devastated dad warned kids and parents of the dangers of the canisters after his son was found slumped over after taking them in Tallaght.

'Potential for serious harm' - worrying rise in use of 'laughing gas' in Kildare: The Military Police have warned of the 'potential for serious harm' of the so-called 'laughing gas' drug which has become common among some young people during the Covid-19 lockdown.

NETHERLANDS

Excessive use of laughing gas can lead to serious spinal problems: At least 64 youngsters have ended up in hospital with spinal injuries over the past two years after inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, RTL Nieuws has reported. The figures derive from sampling carried out by the Dutch association of neurologists at a number of Dutch hospitals. In several cases the youngsters, with an average age of 22, ended up in wheelchair, RTL said.

No laughing matter: new legislation will ban the sale of nitrous oxide: Junior health minister Paul Blokhuis has published his plans to severely ristrict the sale of laughing gas to consumers, six months after pledging to take action.

Laughing gas use involved in Limburg Terrace Crash: The young people who crashed their car into a terrace in Gennep on Wednesday, injuring six people, may have been using nitrous oxide or laughing gas shortly before the crash, L1 reports based on information from witnesses. 

USA

Man charged with stabbing Kansas City police officer (MO): [He] told police that he was suicidal and trying to kill himself by huffing when he was approached by the officer. He said he heard voices, got scared and felt cornered by the officer and stabbed him.

‘Little Rascals’ star arrested for huffing air duster cans: Upon arriving, police discovered [the] 35-year-old in his hotel room surrounded by cans.

Lincoln woman arrested after passing out (NE): A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered three air duster bottles and the receipts of when and where they were purchased.

Crash caused by man who inhaled compressed gas, deputies say (NY): St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies say an Ogdensburg man caused his car to go off the road after he inhaled a compressed gas and passed out.

Mattydale EMT assaulted by alleged ‘whippits’ thief (NY): They call it laughing gas, but when Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a 30-year-old motorist suspected of being high on nitrous oxide on June 8 in Mattydale, it was clearly no laughing matter.

RUSSIA

Boris Mendelevich: ‘Sniffing as kind of substance abuse is the most widely spread addiction among teenagers’: On the threshold of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, in his op-ed column, the State Duma’s deputy, psychiatrist Boris Mendelevich talks about the scale of expansion of one of the most harmful kinds of drug addiction — substance abuse, particularly, sniffing — and difficulties with detecting the disease.

AUSTRALIA

Teen dies after fatal act during sleepover with friends: A NSW mother who lost her son six months ago is calling for more to be done to warn young people about the dangers of chroming.

Karlsson A., & Peacock, A. (2020). Recent use of nitrous oxide among people who regularly use ecstasy in Adelaide, South Australia, 2003-2019. Drug Trends Bulletin Series. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Drug and Alcohol Program ©NDARC, UNSW SYDNEY 2020.

Chrome stoppers: Cairns youth service teams with local retailers to curb inhalant abuse 'outbreak' (Q): A first of its kind meeting in Cairns is hoping to curb 'volatile substance use' — better known as 'chroming' or 'sniffing' — among young people.

FIJI

Two men arrested last night for sniffing glue and benzine in Muanikoso: Two men aged 19 and 21 years were arrested last night in Muanikoso as they were found sniffing glue and benzine.

NEW ZEALAND

Review into care of mental-health patient before his death shows errors: He told doctors he had ongoing headaches he believed was caused by solvent abuse.

Friday, May 29, 2020

VSA Headlines - May 2020

UK

Arsenal taking reports claiming Alexandre Lacazette inhaled nitrous oxide from balloon ‘seriously’: Alexandre Lacazette looks set to be in hot water with Arsenal chiefs after appearing to inhale nitrous oxide.

Police seize 400 laughing gas cannisters from racers in Darenth Country Park (Kent): Police seized 400 cannisters of nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, from a group of young people who were racing around a country park last night.

Two Welling men arrested on suspicion of drug offences in Danson Park after more than 1,000 laughing gas canisters seized from car: Two men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs and money laundering offences after being found in possession of more than 1000 "laughing gas" canisters.

Gravesend and Swanscombe men arrested in Dartford with nitrous oxide cannisters: Two men have been arrested after police seized nitrous oxide cannisters from a car they were in.

Up to 200 revellers hug each other and inhale 'hippy crack' during 12-hour illegal rave at nature reserve before it is broken up by police for breaching lockdown rules.

Teenagers in north Belfast warned they are risking their lives with new gas inhaling `craze': Large numbers of empty nitrous oxide gas canisters have been found in recent days in and around Marrowbone Park on the Oldpark Road where large crowds of young people have begun gathering, despite lock-down restrictions.

Fears Northern Ireland 'laughing gas' trend is spreading after empty canisters found: Fears are rising that a new youth trend for inhaling potentially lethal nitrous oxide gas is spreading after more empty canisters were found in Belfast.

Raving Mad: Cops break up illegal rave as 200 ‘muppets’ filmed hugging and inhaling ‘hippy crack’ on nature reserve.

Huge haul of laughing gas found in Whitby car park: The local police force posted a picture of a large bag's worth of the nitrous oxide gas canisters.

Upset as 'laughing gas' canisters are dumped at Derbyshire beauty spot: Several deflated balloons, which are used to unhail the gas, were also found in picturesque Thistley Place Meadow, off Dove Side, in Hatton, on Saturday, May 23.

Anger as dozens of laughing gas canisters found dumped on playing field (Derbyshire): Five bags of rubbish were discovered.

Rhos Community Councillor, Susan Hallard, takes to social media to highlight the use of nitrous oxide in area: A community councillor has spoken out about the use of nitrous oxide in Wrexham.

Fresh fury as more reckless gangs gather on Southsea Common 'putting lives at risk': Among the trash were dozens of empty nitrous oxide capsules, better known as laughing gas, which is often used as a legal high.

'Alarming' pictures show drug canisters littering London streets and parks during lockdown: Photos shared by furious West and South Londoners show the shocking number of nitrous oxide canisters left scattered in parks and littering streets during lockdown.

The chandelier made from recycled nitrous-oxide canisters: How discarded laughing-gas cylinders were used to create glitter from litter.

IRELAND

Devastated dad of Tallaght teenager reveals his son died from using 'hippy crack' and urges kids to stay away from the drug: The 15-year-old was found slumped over in an unresponsive state.

Cork anti-drugs campaigner warns about dangerous use of laughing gas: The sister of a teenage boy who died after taking the synthetic drug “N Bomb” has urged youngsters not to try “laughing gas” after reports emerged of empty canisters and cartridges being found on Irish beaches.

Deadly new 'drug of choice' known as 'hippy crack' taking over Dublin as parents make shock discovery of bullet cylinders on ground: Dublin locals have been left outraged and worried for their children's safety after small bullet-like cylinders linked to a new deadly drug were found on the ground in south Dublin recently.

Dozens of nitrous oxide gas 'silver bullets' found among piles of illegally dumped rubbish in Clondalkin: The 'hippy crack' canisters have been found across Dublin recently with increased use due to easy access.

Byrne warns of 'Silver Bullets' drugs trend in Drogheda: Canisters of nitrous oxide used by young people have been found discarded around the area in recent weeks.

CYPRUS

Tourism ministry backs cracking down on the use of laughing gas: Tourism minister Savvas Perdios said his ministry supports efforts by the health ministry to include laughing gas on the list of banned drugs.

AUSTRIA

New studies reveal extent and risks of laughing gas & stimulant abuse among young people: The extent and risks associated with recreational abuse of laughing gas and psychostimulants by young people have today been revealed in two studies reported at the European Academy of Neurology Virtual Congress.

USA

Brooklyn EMT found dead of suspected drug overdose (NY): [His] body was found lying next to an empty can of aerosol cleaner, according to police sources. A duffel bag with five additional empty cans were reportedly discovered nearby.

Passenger in fatal 'huffing' crash facing charges (WI): A passenger in Colton Treu's pick-up truck is facing changes in connection with a crash that killed four people.

Gainesville woman arrested after huffing chemicals and attempting to run over officer (FL): Police found [the] 50-year-old slumped over in her car last night.

Reckless driver crashes into officer’s patrol unit (TX): Charges are currently pending for the driver including reckless driving and possession of inhalant/ingest volatile chemicals (Dusters), and possession of a controlled substance (Xanax).

Texting was a factor in fatal Adams County hit-and-run (WI): Court documents state [he] said he was sober at the time, but had huffed electric duster before the crash.

Gunna Perplexes Fans by Doing a Whippit on Instagram Live: A whippit made an appearance on a recent IG Live session from Gunna, whose new album WUNNA is currently projected to open at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

No Laughing Matter: Illicit Use of Nitrous Oxide, Stimulants on the Rise?: The growing popularity using anesthetic nitrous oxide recreationally is linked to an upsurge in young people presenting to the hospital with neurologic complaints.

CANADA

Inhalation of household cleaners tops list as calls to poison control centres double: Calls to Canadian poison control centres due to to the exposure of day-to-day cleaning products have more than doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VIETNAM

'Funky balls' could be added to banned drug list: The Government has asked the Ministry of Public Security to study and add recreational nitrous oxide balloons – also known as funky balls – to the list of drugs and precursor substances for strict management and supervision.

INDIA

SC classifies Medical Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide as ‘Drugs’ under ‘Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940’: The Hon’ble Supreme Court on April 14, 2020, in the matter of State of Andhra Pradesh v. M/s Linde India Ltd.[1] has held that 'Medical Oxygen IP' and 'Nitrous Oxide IP' are classified as 'drug' and fall within the meaning of Section 3(b)(i) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 (hereinafter referred to as ‘1940 Act’). The said classification determines that these gaseous substances can now be taxed as 'drugs' under Entry 88 of Schedule V of the Andhra Pradesh Value Added Tax Act 2005 (hereinafter referred to as ‘2005 Act’).

AUSTRALIA

My son, 17, died after inhaling deodorant – now I’m fighting to save other kids (Q): [Mum of six] was horrified when she realised her teenage son's deodorant use wasn't about smelling nice, but a deadly sniffing habit.


Thursday, April 30, 2020

VSA Headlines - April 2020

UK

Care assistant found dead ... had been inhaling 'laughing gas', inquest finds: An inquest into a care assistant's death found she had been inhaling what's commonly known as laughing gas at the time of her death.

Addicts turn to glue as access to street drugs dries up during lockdown: Pharmacy robberies expected to increase if emergency response is not quickly implemented.

Butane gas inhaling ISIS bomb hoaxer from Bootle threatens to attack judge: 'If the judge doesn't send me to prison I'm going to throw something at him'.

Ed Sheeran lookalike ex-soldier once sniffed almost 100 aerosol cans: [He] broke his leg on an army training exercise and ended up sleeping in woods after sniffing 98 aerosol cans but he now works in a cafe and as an Ed Sheeran tribute act.

Norfolk gang admits raiding hospitals the day before lockdown: Four men have admitted breaking into hospitals during the coronavirus crisis to steal gas canisters - actions which could have led to operations being cancelled.

Sam Smith says they ‘love poppers’ and admits doing the legal high with Nicole Scherzinger on rowdy night out. Sam, 27, made the admission during a chat with Andy Cohen on his Sirius XM talk show Radio Andy earlier this week.

Anger as ‘laughing gas’ drug canisters found on Leith Links: Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” is illegal if used recreationally.

Broxbourne residents 'disgusted' after laughing gas canisters and balloons left car park during Covid-19 lockdown: The Covid-19 lockdown means no one should be meeting others outside of their household.

Worries over the continued use of 'laughing gas' as empty canisters are found in the Spalding area: It has been feared that people are continuing to use NOS gas, also known as 'laughing gas', despite warnings it could seriously damage their health.

“Bobby’s collapse has huge repercussions for Dotty” warns EastEnders Milly Zero: Bobby manages to blag himself into the club and tries to impress Dotty by asking to buy some of the legal high laughing gas she’s surreptitiously peddling to revellers.

USA

Plainfield sex offender inhaled aerosal spray, smashed into car at Walmart (IL): A convicted sex offender who was intoxicated from inhaling aerosol spray smashed his van into an unoccupied sedan in the parking lot of the Walmart on Route 59, according to police and court records.

Driver huffed canned air, passed out and crashed into south Sacramento yard, CHP says (CA): Huffing a canned inhalant while driving is a crime, the California Highway Patrol reminded Sacramento drivers this week.

Man intoxicated from inhaling duster charged with assaulting police, fleeing (AR): A Royal man reportedly impaired after inhaling air duster was arrested Sunday night on felony fleeing and assault charges after allegedly nearly running over a Hot Springs police officer.

Five juveniles in a Honda at 3:00 am (CA):  ... The 14 year-old female juvenile and the 14 year-old male in the back seat were arrested for possession of nitrous oxide.The 15 year-old male juvenile also in the back seat was arrested for possession of nitrous oxide.

New Martinsville Police looking for break-in suspects (WV): ... Another place that was hit was Chapman Dental Group, where some tanks of nitrous oxide were stolen.

Cape Coral woman arrested multiple times for huffing cleaning chemicals (FL): She’s been booked in the Lee County Jail more than 20 times.

Under the palmetto (FL): A woman was lying underneath a palmetto plant and huffing aerosol cans used to dust computers when she was approached by police.

CANADA

Police seek public’s help after weekend robbery: Police say they were dispatched after a report of a man was threatening staff at the business with a knife and a bottle. He left the business with cash and a bottle of butane and nobody was hurt.

MALAYSIA

Three glue-sniffing teenagers detained for violating MCO: Three teenagers, including a girl, were detained by police for sniffing glue at the Kota Kinabalu Central Market yesterday night.

INDIA

Centre may issue advisory for addicts going through withdrawal during lockdown: ... According to the ‘Magnitude of Substance Abuse in India’ report by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, which was submitted to the Ministry in 2019, “problem use” and “dependent use” was seen in 8.6 crore alcohol users, 1.05 crore of opiod users, 97 lakh of cannabis users and 30.5 lakh inhalant users.

Monday, March 30, 2020

VSA Headlines - March 2020

UK

Man addicted to inhaling gas in court after returning to 'safe place': A man who has been banned from one of [the town's] busiest streets for inhaling butane gas in public breached an order banning him from the area which he regards as his 'safe place'.

Action on Addiction ride postponed due to coronavirus: Mr Bramble, whose son Craig died from solvent abuse in 2001, said: “Sadly it is (with) big regrets to announce the postponement of Action on Addiction 6 on April 19, 2020."

Hospital theft: Four men appear in court charged with stealing nitrous oxide canisters used for pain relief: Four men aged between 22 and 41 have appeared in court charged with stealing dozens of pain relief gas canisters from hospitals in Durham.

Thieves steal oxygen from Manchester hospital: They cut a lock on a metal unit before stealing eight oxygen and nitrous oxide canisters.

Crawley drugs raid: Nitrous oxide canisters and cash seized.

Parents urged to keep an eye on youngsters after rave on local park: Police were called in to break up the gathering which left the area littered with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) capsules, broken glass and balloons.

Country laybys being used by drug abusers: [Ridgeway Ward Councillor] Gary Sumner said: “I walk my dog up on the hills behind Wanborough to towards the Ridgeway, and I’m always seeing the bags and wraps that drugs are sold in, there are needles sometimes, and quite often nitrous oxide cannisters."

Anger after 'toerags' steal hospital equipment amid coronavirus crisis: In the rear of the van were a large number of nitrous canisters which had been stolen from hospitals north of the county (Lincolnshire) overnight.

Drugs on tap: Drug dealers are using chip and pin to take payments for cocaine and 'hippy crack'.

Heroin needles, homeless and hippy crack canisters: The state of Bath's car parks: Needles, cannabis packets and gas cannisters - containing what is commonly known as hippy crack - are common sights in the city centre, according to the man responsible for trying to keep them clean and safe.

'Laughing gas' cannisters found in Ardoyne spark concern: SDLP councillor Paul McCusker says users are taking "serious risks" with their lives.

Warning against "laughing gas" trend: The dangers of nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, have been highlighted after gas canisters were found in Seascale (Cumbria).

'I can't take much more,' says Gwersyllt resident living in fear because of drug use in the streets: One image which was recently taken by the resident, came after one 'disgusting' incident saw them discovering a large quantity of used nitrous oxide cannisters ‘dumped’ in their outside bin.

IRELAND

Coronavirus impacting on vulnerable children in care, court hears: Mr Leahy also outlined the situation of a teenage boy admitted to special care some months ago against a background of “massive and life threatening solvent abuse”.

Getting help at Cork's Arbour House is proving vital for recovering addicts: A Cork man recalled how he would steal petrol during school lunch breaks to feed a drug habit that almost ruined his adult life.

UKRAINE

Ukrainian chess grand master and girlfriend found dead in Russia after ‘inhaling laughing gas’: Deaths come days after Bogdanovich faced criticism for playing in Russian team against Ukraine.

USA

Man sentenced to 54 years for crash that killed 3 Girl Scouts and a mother: The authorities said Colten Treu was high on an inhalant when he drove into a troop of Girl Scouts and parents who were cleaning the side of a road in Wisconsin.

Repeat impaired driver injured in crash near Bellefontaine (OH): Once awake, authorities asked [him] if he had been huffing and he replied yes.

Florida woman high on laughing gas arrested for smuggling bath salts into jail (FL): [She] was arrested after holding up traffic on SR80 while she was high on nitrous oxide and then tried to smuggle bath salt "pills" into jail.

Accused ‘huffer’ crashed car into Kilkenny Circle home Tuesday (WY): The man’s SUV allegedly sideswiped a green garbage bin before crashing head-on into the side of a Kilkenny Circle home.

Police say alcohol, nitrous oxide involved in traffic crash in Monterey Park (CA): Two women suffered moderate injuries when their car flipped over several times during a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Monterey Park.

Carson City arrests (NV): Suspect denies threats, admits huffing fumes inside ride share vehicle.

Ocala man caught ‘huffing’ outside Regal Hollywood 16 theaters (FL): An Ocala man with two prior drug arrests was charged with possession of harmful chemicals after being caught “huffing” in the parking lot of the Regal Hollywood 16 theater complex.

AUSTRALIA

Meet the ‘nang’ dealer who delivers party gas to revellers and says he makes $35k in a weekend (VIC): Melbourne ‘dealer’ Nick claims to be Australia’s ‘King of Nangs’ and owns numerous online companies that sell nitrous oxide canisters, which are normally used in the baking industry to whip cream.

Carer ignores chroming school-boy at Mt Louisa park for three hours before calling an paramedics (QLD): A father watched in horror as a child in school uniform chromed for three hours, while his adult carer sat unfazed and glued to her phone.

Parents are unaware their kids are exposing themselves to dangerous substances in the Mid North: A petition has been raised to mandate the labeling of all gas bottles containing LPG with a warning which reads "inhalation may cause death".

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

VSA Headlines - February 2020

UK

Armed police attend incident outside Bodmin school: It has now been confirmed that members of the force attended to deal with a man sniffing gas from a canister.

CCTV clip shows brazen drug deal taking place in the heart of Liverpool's clubland: Detectives found the opportunistic criminals lured revellers in with nitrous oxide balloons, carried out deals down darkened alleyways and sold crushed paracetamol to 'weaker' buyers.

Brighton launch internal investigation after video shows players inhaling from balloons during winter break: Shane Duffy, Pascal Gross, Leandro Trossard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh were all pictured inhaling an unknown gas while on holiday in Spain.

How dealers are selling drugs over Instagram and Snapchat: ... According to drug harm reduction advocacy group Volteface, one in four young people have been advertised drugs on social media. The majority of listings seen were for cannabis, but cocaine, MDMA, Xanax and nitrous oxide were also high up on the list.

‘Laughing gas’ canister art is no joke: Discarded nitrous oxide containers found on street are used to create ‘urban fossils’.

Urgent police warning over reports of 'nitrous oxide being supplied to children by local businesses': Police have issued an urgent warning after reports of "nitrous oxide being supplied to children by local businesses".

Warnings over nitrous oxide gas: One of Spalding’s top police officers has warned of the misuse of inhaling laughing gas amid claims it’s on the increase.

Police issue warning after 'sharp increase' in use of ‘hippy crack’ in this part of Lincolnshire: It's been suggested the law on the illegal trade of the drug 'isn't working'.

Dorchester police warning after drug canisters found: Parents are being warned to check where their children are after youths were suspected of inhaling 'laughing gas'.

Cheltenham mum 'not shocked' after finding huge mound of laughing gas canisters on dog walk as it 'always happens': A mother of three was 'disgusted' and claims this follows a long history of anti social behaviour on her pooch's favourite patch.

Woman finds huge piles of 'hippy crack' canisters at Asda Fosse Park car park (Leics): 'Where on Earth are they getting them from?'

'A disgrace': What you had to say about 'hippy crack' mob at Showcase Cinema car park: Unruly behaviour by group descending on Cross Point retail park in Walsgrave has sparked concern and anger.

Thurrock Council named Team of the Year at Keep Britain Tidy Awards 2020: The Environmental Enforcement team ... has undertaken operations to tackle nitrous oxide misuse in our car parks over the past 10 months.

IRELAND

Woman died after inhaling deodorant, inquest told: A 35-year-old woman living in sheltered accommodation died after inhaling gas from cans of deodorant, an inquest heard.

USA

Not first time mom has been accused of endangering kids by huffing (PA): The mother who crashed into Taco Bell along York's Route 30 corridor at lunchtime Saturday had been inhaling a canister of compressed air while driving with her two young sons in her SUV, police allege.

Driver lodged for OVI, abusing harmful intoxicants (OH): [He] told deputies he had been “huffing” the aerosol can while he was driving.

Duluth woman suing 3M after being struck by driver ‘huffing’ aerosol duster (MN): Walking along East Superior Street with her young daughter, the Duluth woman was struck by a driver who ran a red light and careened onto the sidewalk after “huffing” a chemical compound from an aerosol can.

Highway 111 crash leads to drug arrest (TN): [He] was arrested for theft, possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and inhaling, selling, giving or possessing glue, paint, etc. for unlawful purposes.

Man arrested for inhaling aerosol canned air (TX): Wichita Falls police arrested a man Wednesday for inhaling compressed air in the Atwood's parking lot.

Police find Maserati filled with whip-its (IA): Impaired Iowan, 22, had hundreds of spent canisters in luxury car.

Dusting spray deaths and injuries: Robins Kaplan LLP is investigating and litigating “dusting” cases, which arise when someone inhales—or “huffs”—compressed gas dusting spray for its intoxicating effects while driving and then strikes a pedestrian or other driver, killing or catastrophically injuring that innocent bystander.

Korvata co-founder flips the science on whipped cream: The company’s patent pending propellant not only dramatically reduces the environmental impact of making whipped cream, but it is also safer and nearly impossible to get high from huffing it, he said.

CANADA

Yonge and Sheppard isn’t the only place where nitrous oxide cartridges are being dumped: It looks like we have a lot of nitrous oxide aficionados in Toronto, and it’s not limited to a parking lot at Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave.

INDIA

Homeless, Abused & Addicted: How a Kolkata Woman Saved 110 Street Kids: “Why do you sniff dendrite?” Moitrayee asks a group of 7-11 year-olds at Sheoraphuli railway junction ... One of them answers, “It doesn’t make us feel hungry or cold. It makes us sleepy. When we are sleepy, our stomachs don’t rumble. Dendrite is much cheaper than three meals a day, which we cannot afford with the money we get from begging, Didi.”

Centre readies action plan for districts affected by drug abuse: A special focus is planned for schools and colleges owing to the increasing prevalence of inhalant use among Indian adolescents, much higher than the usage by adults, said the people cited earlier.

JAPAN

Popular Japan singer Makihara arrested over alleged drug possession: Makihara, 50, is suspected of keeping 0.083 gram of stimulant on April 11, 2018, and 64.2 millimeter of the liquid inhalant "Rush," an eponym for isobutyl nitrite, on March 30 of the same year at his condominium in the capital's Minato Ward.

AUSTRALIA

Father calls for more talk about risk-taking after son dies from 'huffing' barbecue gas bottle (SA): A Port Lincoln father has sounded out a warning to parents about the potentially fatal consequences of children inhaling from barbecue gas bottles, after the death of his 16-year-old son.

It's worse than ice': Mother's desperate plea after her 17-year-old son died from inhaling deodorant sold at supermarkets (QLD): A mother has issued a desperate plea after her teenage son died after sniffing aerosol cans in a deadly trend known as chroming.

Calls to ban chroming to protect Brisbane bus drivers (QLD): A rise in chroming-related incidents on Brisbane buses has prompted lord mayor Adrian Schrinner to call for a ban on the practice across Queensland's public transport network to protect drivers from dangerous fumes.

On the high-way! Outrageous moment a motorist is caught using nangs while driving on a busy freeway (WA): Motorists have spotted a driver inhaling a canister of nitrous oxide while behind the wheel on a busy freeway.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

VSA Headlines - January 2020

On 30th January, PHE published their annual Substance misuse treatment in secure settings report for 2018 to 2019. There were 85 adults in treatment for solvents (up from 65 in 2017-18) and 30 young people (down from 34 in 2017-18). The median age of young people in treatment for solvents within secure settings remained constant at 16.

UK

Mum jailed for giving son cocktail of alcohol and drugs that killed him: [She] sat with [her son]and one of his friends drinking booze, sniffing aerosol cans and popping powerful painkillers in the kitchen of her home in Salcombe, Devon.

Missing man was found dead in Tavistock canal by dog walker: [He] was reported missing on March 13, 2019, where staff observed earlier in the day he had been drinking and was suspected of solvent abuse.

Council office evacuated after man claims bomb planted by ISIS: Hundreds of staff had to be evacuated from a council building in Bootle after a man high on butane gas claimed one of their receptionists was in ISIS and had planted a bomb there.

Hippy crack is a ‘perfectly safe’ alternative to drinking, claims ex-Government drugs tsar: Prof David Nutt said the gas, nitrous oxide, provides “fun without the risk of alcohol” and blamed hysteria for it “wrongly” being banned ... But Stephen Ream, of drug charity Re-Solv, said: “Inhaling nitrous oxide, like any substance used for intoxication, carries risks.”

Justice secretary hits back at criticism of nitrous oxide ban: Robert Buckland says laughing gas is dangerous after David Nutt argues beer is more toxic.

What is laughing gas, what are the risks of inhaling it and is it illegal? As one of the most commonly used drugs among 16 to 24-year-olds, laughing gas has become an increasing cause of concern and debate in recent years.

Justice secretary hits back at criticism of nitrous oxide ban: Robert Buckland says laughing gas is dangerous after David Nutt argues beer is more toxic.

Thousands of nitrous oxide capsules taken off the streets of Cardiff: 2424 capsules of nitrous oxide have been taken off the streets of Cardiff yesterday, through a successful forfeiture order which was granted by Cardiff Magistrates’ Court.

Nitrous Oxide (‘Laughing Gas’) Warning in Poynton: Recently the Council Community Support Team have had several reports of Nitrous Oxide canisters being discarded in public areas around Poynton, in particular around Marley Road and Chester Road.

One man's mission to highlight 'laughing gas' dangers with canister collection: "If I stop just one person using them then mission accomplished."

Laughing gas canisters found during church’s litter pick: More laughing gas canisters have been removed from the streets just days after hundreds were found by community litter pickers.

Concern after collection of Nitrous Oxide canisters found in Yate subway: A resident in Yate has called for quick action in a troublesome Yate subway after they found dozens of Nitrous Oxide canisters.

South Holland sees sharp increase in NOS use: Police in South Holland (Lincolnshire) are putting out a warning after seeing an increase in the use of NOS gas.

Dozens of laughing gas canisters litter council car park outside HMP Bronzefield: Spelthorne Borough Council has said they "regularly" have to remove silver canisters from the site

IRELAND

HSE warns young people of dangers of laughing gas (VA): The HSE has warned young people about the dangers of using laughing gas, saying it can lead to death by suffocation.

FRANCE

Increasing use of “laughing gas”: The French government in November warned that: "The misuse of nitrous oxide was not new, but the number and severity of adverse reactions related to using it have tended to increase since 2018."

BELGIUM

Laughing gas will soon be banned across Brussels region: Possession or recreational use of laughing gas will is on track to be prohibited throughout the entire Brussels-Capital Region, Brussels Mayor Philippe Close (PS) announced on Monday to the Brussels city council.

NETHERLANDS

Teenagers find it exciting to drive while using laughing gas: Nearly 60% of youngsters who abuse nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, sometimes do so in the car sometimes. This is according to the Dutch Youth Organisation, TeamAlert.

DENMARK

Crackdown on laughing gas cartridges and the Danish teenagers who abuse them: Age and purchase limits will hopefully curtail a drug craze that has reached epidemic proportions

USA

A pregnant women caught in crime of carrying aerosol cans in her purse died inside the cell: When police arrested her, they found five aerosol cans in her purse. The boxes are used to “huff” inhalants.

Man who stabbed grandfather to death found guilty, but mentally ill (MI): [He[ had a 0.08% blood alcohol content at the time and had also used more than 100 nitrous oxide canisters as a recreational drug at the time of the attack, according to [Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor] Cataldo.

Cops say he drove high on ‘whippets.’ He’s going to prison for running over lawyer, family (FL): [The defendant] pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, three counts of reckless driving and unlawful possession of nitrous oxide.

Inhalants and handgun leads to arrest (CO): According to the affidavit, one of the deputies saw the man’s head “bob up and down” and observed what looked like an aerosol can in the subject’s right hand.

Woman charged with child abuse after allegedly huffing in car (NC): A Salisbury woman was charged with child abuse after her brother reported she was unconscious in a vehicle and accused of huffing, according to Salisbury Police.

Naked suspect taken into custody after Lehigh Township standoff (PA): The victim told responding officers that [the suspect] had been huffing and drinking "all day," when he started arguing with her about dinner, police said.

Man huffs air, crashes car into house on North Rocky River Drive in Berea (OH): According to the man, witnesses and police, the man lost consciousness while driving after inhaling or “huffing” compressed air from a can of Wexford Compressed Gas Duster.

Woman was huffing before causing multi-vehicle crash in West Bend (WI): A 47-year-old woman accused of "huffing" was arrested after authorities say she caused a multi-vehicle crash in West Bend on Friday, Jan. 17.

Impaired driver crashed SUV onto its side (IN): An investigation determined [he] was intoxicated and he admitted to inhaling duster, police said.

Police find woman on bathroom floor; emplty cans of air duster beside her (TN): [She] is charged with inhaling or possessing to inhale fumes (aka ‘huffing’) after she walked into an Office Depot, took cans off the shelf, and retreated to the restroom to use them.

Two men arrested after sniffing toxic vapors (IN): “While speaking with both suspects they appeared to be intoxicated and admitted to huffing air duster and spray paint,” says Chief Moore.

Man cited for possession of inhalants twice (OR): An Umpqua man was cited for unlawful possession of inhalants, twice on Saturday.

Inhaled Nitrous Oxide as a Rapid Acting Antidepressant; Conway, Charles, Biological Psychiatry, Volume 85, Issue 10, S51.

INDIA

Alarming rise in addiction to inhalants among city teenagers: Growing addiction of inhalants in teenagers has become a cause of concern in the city. Addiction is largely seen in children belonging to poor class, labour class and in children of low-middle income groups. It has come as a new challenge for psychiatrists, counselors and psychotherapists in Nagpur. The problem of inhalant addiction in children of adolescent age is severe in the entire country.

CHINA

Rare case of Subacute combined degeneration induced by nitrous oxide inhalation: Dr Huimin Zhao at Dept of Neurology, The Second Affiliate Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, China and colleagues have reported a rare case of Subacute combined degeneration caused by excessive inhalation of nitrous oxide.

KENYA

Grass to grace: How glue-sniffing street boy ended up being a pilot: Whenever Michael Mwangi told his fellow street boys that one day he would fly an aeroplane, they would scoff at him and tell him those were hallucinations triggered by sniffing too much glue.

AUSTRALIA

'Rexona killed my son': Chroming tore family apart: "Volatile substance misuse is an enormously complex social issue affecting the entire aerosol industry with no simple solution ..."

Teens inhaling deodorant in new alarming trend: Queensland hospitals have seen a 32 per cent increase in patients being treated for the ‘chroming’ fad since 2016.

Lethal ‘chroming’ fad on the rise among Queensland youth: The Courier Mail reports children are passing out in gutters outside schools after engaging in the practice, which involves the inhaling of solvents like paint, petrol and aerosol deodorants.

Woman paralysed for two months after taking laughing gas: A social media star was bedridden for weeks and unable to walk after inhaling popular party drug nitrous oxide.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

VSA Headlines - December 2019

UK

Boy, 15, died 'after inhaling aerosol fumes and taking drug cocktail with his mum: [She] allegedly gave him and his friends morphine and other medications as they drank alcohol and sniffed aerosols in the kitchen, a jury was told.

Dangerous substances too easy to get hold of, says coroner: At an inquest into the death of [a man] who died using nitrous oxide, Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley said many dangerous substances are available online.

Metabolic encephalopathy caused by nitrous oxide (‘laughing gas’) induced hyperammonaemia: A 26-year-old man presented at the emergency department with confusion and decreased consciousness after several days of vomiting. In the preceding 6 months, he had used a 2-litre tank of nitrous oxide (N2O) weekly.

Drunk road safety driver jailed over police crash in Maidenhead: [He] had been driving a group of people back to a party after buying alcohol and balloons for nitrous oxide.

People who stay vegan after ‘Veganuary’ should take care not to become deficient in Vitamin B12: Prof Sanders also said that consumption of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, among young people can cause vitamin B12 deficiency and “tip the balance to them getting serious neuropathy”.

PCC Seeks Crackdown on Widespread Sales of ‘Laughing Gas’ in Surrey: David Munro, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has asked the Home Office to consider urgent action to tackle the increased recreational use of nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”.

'It left me disgusted and depressed' - Huge haul of 148 hippy crack canisters found by worried mum in North Staffordshire park.

Warning after deadly gas canisters are found dumped in Wigan: A councillor has called for more to be done to prevent young people abusing potentially lethal “laughing gas” after piles of empty canisters were found in broad daylight.

Piles of 'laughing gas' nitrous oxide canisters found in Portsmouth car park: Environmental campaign group The Final Straw Solent, which is run in association with The News, found scores of gas canisters at Farlington Marshes.

'Laughing gas' canisters found in a Cornish field: Police have issued a warning as laughing gas canisters are found littering a Cornish field.

Police find used bag of 'hippy crack' canisters in children's play area on Aylesbury estate: The police made the unnerving discovery yesterday while officers were on foot patrol in the area.

Council named as finalist in prestigious awards: Environmental enforcement officers have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring Thurrock’s streets are cleaner and safer through extensive collaborative work with Essex Police in operations to tackle anti-social behaviour including nuisance motorbike riders, graffiti and nitrous oxide canisters.

Nic's Schersniffer: X Factor’s Nicole Scherzinger ‘sniffed poppers’ during wild night out at gay bar with beau Thom Evans.

Driver 'blows up' car with 'excessive' use of air freshener: A driver caused an explosion in his car when he lit a cigarette after spraying air freshener.

BELGIUM

Brussels Sees Surge of ‘Glue-Addicted’ North African Children: The Belgian capital of Brussels has seen the arrival of dozens of migrant street children in recent months, many addicted to glue-sniffing and alcohol.

DENMARK

Why Denmark wants to ban under-18s from buying laughing gas: Young people under the age of 18 should not be able to buy nitrous oxide cartridges, also known as laughing gas, according to the government.

Accurate numbers on prevalence of nitrous oxide revealed: A new study published by Sundhedsstyrelsen on December 16 reveals that 17 percent of young men at business schools have tried nitrous oxide cartridges – the so-called laughing gas.

NETHERLANDS

Netherlands set to ban recreational use of laughing gas: Nitrous oxide will become a controlled substance under the Opium Act in the Netherlands to curb the growing use of the chemical compound more commonly known as laughing gas. The substance will be added to the "List II" classification under the law, alongside drugs like hashish, diazepam, lorazepam and butabarbital, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport said in a statement.

Dutch government moves to ban laughing gas: The Dutch government on Monday announced plans to include nitrous oxide – more commonly known as laughing gas – on a “black list” of drugs, in response to the rapid increase in gas use among the youth of the nation.

POLAND

Poolse jongen (11) dood na inademen deodorant: Een 11-jarige jongen in Polen is zaterdag overleden nadat hij deodorant had ingeademd, maakte de politie maandag bekend. Het kind inhaleerde de deo samen met een 13-jarig meisje. Het tweetal wilde zichzelf „verdoven.” (An 11-year-old boy in Poland died after he inhaled deodorant. The child inhaled the deodorant together with a 13-year-old girl.)

USA

“Monitoring the Future National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2019: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use” provides details on inhalant use among young people. The 2019 figures are that 4.7% of 8th grade, 2.8% of 10th grade and 1.9% of 12th grade students admit to having used inhalants in the past year, a small increase on 2018 figures. Data tables can be found here.

Others Aren't Charged in Teen's State College Inhalant Death (PA): Authorities say criminal charges won't be filed against people who were present when an Erie teenager died of chemical asphyxia in October from inhaling nitrous oxide.

Wis. man guilty of killing 3 girl scouts and mom in hit-and-run as they picked up trash along road (WI): [He] was driving while huffing air duster when he hit the girls.

California man who huffed before crash that killed 3 Twin Cities men appeals 75-year prison sentence (CA): A man who pleaded guilty to a 2017 car crash that left three people dead is now appealing to change his plea because he did not understand the consequences in accepting the plea deal.

Lehigh Township man who threatened to kill wife faces charges after overnight standoff, police say (PA): [He] reportedly “had been huffing and drinking alcohol all day".

Driver tells police he had been huffing before crashing into Rexburg town home (ID): A driver told police he passed out while under the influence before slamming a vehicle into a Rexburg townhouse.

Man wrecks car after huffing chemical air (TX): Wichita Falls Police officers arrested a man after he allegedly crashed his car while huffing cans of compressed air.

Duluth woman paralyzed by driver impaired from huffing sues aerosol cleaner manufacturer 3M (MN): A Duluth woman is trying to stop others from being injured or killed from huffing after she was left paralyzed from a crash in which the impaired driver had inhaled an aerosol keyboard cleaner.

Deputies arrest 3 brothers and a 4th suspect and seize 35 nitrous oxide tanks and 4 guns in Norwalk (CA): ... They had received complaints that nitrous oxide was being sold at the location at all hours of the night.

Police find illegal inhalants in Horse Cave Adult Bookstore (KY): Officers say the toxic vapors emitted from these substances cause various side effects, including death. They say the chemicals being sold included isobutyl nitrite.

A closer look at a dangerous fad growing in our area -- nitrous oxide (PA): Channel 11 is taking a closer look at a dangerous fad -- nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.

CANADA

B.C. doctor links non-medical use of nitrous oxide to serious illness, addiction: A B.C. doctor is warning against intentionally inhaling nitrous oxide, saying it causes psychosis and other neurological effects.

INDIA

30 lakh children across India are addicted to inhalants: A 13-year-old boy rescued from the streets of Bengalaru six month ago craved cheaply available cycle glue or whitener.

PRC

Arrest for laughing gas 'addict': A junior college student who had been taking laughing gas for four years and sold the gas to cover her expenses has been arrested, prosecutors said on Thursday.

AUSTRALIA

Project CASM recognised for prevention and early intervention of substance abuse in Brisbane: QPS Detective Sergeant Peter Lunney said Project CASM seeks to protect and divert young people from volatile substance misuse (VSM) in Brisbane City with the overarching goal of reducing the prevalence of associated offending.

'Nangs' sale restricted in SA under new state government legislation: The sale of nitrous oxide canisters, known as 'nangs', will be restricted from the new year under a new South Australian government crackdown.