Wednesday, August 24, 2016

VSA Headlines - August 2016

UK

Dual Dilemma: People who misuse drugs or alcohol at the same time as experiencing mental health issues are being denied access to proper treatment, says Turning Point.

Robber used a meat cleaver to steal butane gas: A woman addicted to butane gas, robbed a shopkeeper for more supplies after producing a meat cleaver.

Other 'legal highs'

‘Legal Highs’ and Novel Psychoactive Substances: Alcohol and Drug Prevention is a new briefing paper in a series produced by Mentor ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) resource pack: A new resource pack for educators and practitioners working with young people from the Home Office.

Health responses to new psychoactive substances is a new report published by EMCDDA. "Responses to the emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS) across Europe have largely been
regulatory. However, findings from this study show that health- and drug-related interventions have emerged in response to evidence of harms associated with NPS use in some user groups and settings across Europe."

'Legal High' ban in the Isle of Man from today: A blanket ban on so-called legal highs comes in force in the Isle of Man today.

IRELAND

Man died in garda van after taking alcohol and butane gas: A talented stonemason who abused both alcohol and butane gas died from "excited delirium" after being placed in a garda vehicle.

USA

Traffic accidents and fatalities caused by VSA were reported in FL, INME, NY, TX and WI.

Walmart provided over 60 aerosol cans to woman found dead in truck, lawsuit says (TX): The preliminary autopsy found she died from inhaling the contents of multiple aerosol cans purchased in the hours leading up to her death.

Death of Sarasota woman, son after inhaling drain opener appears to be murder-suicide (FL): [They] died after inhaling drain cleaner and it appears not to have been accidental, according to police spokeswoman

Dangers Of Inhaling Helium From Balloons (OR): 8-year-old girl in Portland suffocated by birthday balloon.

CANADA

What to do with a propane addict? The question of what to do with a man with an unusual addiction was raised recently as those in court struggled with how best to deal with a propane huffer.

NEW ZEALAND

Chemical huffing at youth justice facility: An emergency services call out to Te Puna Wai youth justice facility last night was due to a group of girls huffing aerosol cans, police have confirmed.

MALAYSIA

Man fined RM100 for trespassing into building to sniff glue: A 27-year-old jobless man who was caught sniffing glue in a building here after trespassing the premises was fined RM100 or one week's jail.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

VSA Headlines - July 2016

This month, the Home Office publishes the latest Drug misuse: findings from the 2015 to 2016 CSEW report, which examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a sample of 16 to 59 year old residents in households in England and Wales.

UK

Blackburn man punched nurse in the face and racially abused doctor: A 53-year-old man who had been sniffing butane gas and drinking punched a nurse in the face, racially abused a doctor and made threats to another female member of staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Woman seen sniffing gas at back of 256 bus: Police were called by Stagecoach Manchester after the incident on the on a number 256 bus at Trafford Bar.

Community shocked by growing use of laughing gas in Dursley: Police have warned that a surge in the number of people using ‘laughing gas’ in Dursley could lead to a fatal accident.

'Legal highs'

£250k lottery cash will help local charity combat spread of 'legal highs': Parents, students and youngsters are all being warned over the danger of so-called 'legal highs' after a charity was given £250,000 to tackle the use of such substances in the Potteries.

Health responses to new psychoactive substances: EMCDDA, Lisbon, June 2016

'It's russian roulette.' Warning as teenager, 19, dies after smoking ‘legal high’ known as Pandora’s Box.

USA

Belleville man arrested for 'huffing' inhalants to get high dies later at hospital (IL): A man who police arrested for inhaling compressed gas to get high Friday began complaining of shortness of breath and later died at a hospital, authorities said.

She replaced heroin with huffing. Now, she's dead at 39 (PA): An accidental overdose of dusting spray killed a woman who got sick in her probation officer's car in April and later died at Memorial Hospital.

Fargo man charged with negligent homicide in wife's huffing death (ND): A Fargo man is charged with negligent homicide in the death of his wife, who according to court documents, died after the two had a mutual huffing session.

Serious traffic accidents and fatalities caused by VSA were reported in NCNJ, PAWI.

Florida woman found huffing propane, puts lighter over tank:  A Florida woman was arrested last Thursday after deputies said they found her without any clothes on and sucking propane from a tank, which she held a lighter over when she saw the deputies.

AUSTRALIA

Petrol sniffer burns down mother’s house (NT): A petrol sniffer destroyed his mother’s house by setting fire to a pile of his own clothes because his family tried to enter him into rehab, a court has heard.

FIJI

Stop sniffing glue: A 13-year-old student is the latest to have been treated at Fiji's mental institution, the St Giles Psychiatric Hospital, for volatile substance abuse — glue.

Monday, June 27, 2016

VSA Headlines - June 2016

This month has seen the publication of the Global Drug Survey 2016 findings, which include the "biggest study of nitrous oxide use ever" showing "increasing rates of use in the UK" and that "globally nitrous oxide is now ranked the 7th most popular drug in the world."

Drugwise have also published NPS Come of Age: A UK overview, written by Harry Shapiro and based on work first published by DrugScope in 2014 and 2015.

The EMCDDA's European Drug Report 2016 is also out and a brief 4-part overview is offered on Russell Webster's blog.

UK

Mother of solvent abuser hits out at butane seller: The mother of a Tayside man whose life has been ruined by solvent abuse has slammed a controversial Dundee store over the sale of lighter gas.

Other 'legal highs'

The true horrors of using NPS in prison: Prisoners talk about legal highs inside.

USA

Woman found dead after huffing household cleaner at Clearview Mall (LA): A 30-year-old woman was found dead in her car in the third floor of a parking garage at the Clearview Mall in Metairie.

Mailer represents new phase of anti-inhalant abuse campaign (MD): The death of Andrew Spencer led to an effort to raise awareness of inhalant abuse.

Inhalants are causing big issues in Rapid City (SD): Rapid City Police say the use of inhalants in our community is out of control. In fact, earlier this month a 29 year old woman was found dead with a can of Dust Off lying next to her.

Traffic accidents due to VSA were reported in FLMI and TN.

FIJI

20 cases of substance abuse in schools: The National Substance Abuse Advisory Council is currently working with the Solicitor General’s office on enacting a law on volatile substance abuse.

PHILIPPINES

Street kids shift ‘sniff’ from rugby to Vulcaseal: Street children have switched to the use of Vulcaseal from rugby, prompting the Dangerous Drugs Board to study ways to dampen its attractive smell.

MALAYSIA

Glue-sniffing teens detained after photos published on social media: Five teenagers who had used a building rooftop as their hideout to sniff glue were rounded up after photos of them in the act were shared on social media.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

VSA Headlines - April/May 2016

Tweet from the Home Office today confirms the passing of the Psychoactive Substances Act.



BBC coverage here.

In VSA and other not-so 'legal high' news around the world:

UK

Stoke-on-Trent nurse suffocated on plastic bag after inhaling poppers, inquest told: A hospital nurse from Stoke-on-Trent suffocated on a plastic bag while inhaling fumes from legal high poppers, an inquest heard.

Nitrous Oxide: what you need to know. Developed by Young Addaction Halton.

'Legal highs' guidance offers retailers advice on solvents and butane: The ACS has published a guidebook to help retailers stay within the law ahead of new legislation on 'legal highs'.

John, 55, raises £3,000 from Exmouth ride in memory of his son: A devoted father has raised more than £3,000 from an Exmouth charity ride in memory of his much-loved son.

'Burglar' found with his eyes rolling in his head fined for racially abusing police officer: [He] later admitted having drunk an “enormous” amount of alcohol and smoking cannabis before inhaling the butane.

School’s ban on aerosols is welcomed by councillor: A high school has called on parents to ditch aerosol deodorants for roll-ons to prevent ‘a major incident’.

Police warning after this huge stash of legal high 'laughing gas' canisters found on fields next to school: Officers post a stark warning on Facebook

Periscope screengrabs show Drissa Traore, Jeremy Balmy and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill allegedly inhaling laughing gas: SwindonTown are investigating images currently circulating on social media of three players allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide gas.

Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor in laughing gas storm: Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor has incurred the wrath of fans once again after going on a “laughing gas and booze binge” on the day his club were relegated from the Premier League.

Central YMCA – A World of Good: The Challenge of Being Young in Modern Britain: ... the responses reveal the potential harm of substance abuse and how, despite decades of efforts to reduce its impact on young people, it still ranks as one of the five major challenges they face today.

Other 'legal' highs

Legal highs - a user's story: "It's like taking cannabis with the effect of heroin."

BBC - The Last Days of Legal Highs

Most people who died after taking legal highs had other drugs in their system, research shows:
The research reignites debates about whether evidence regarding the harms of legal highs are accurate and sufficient

BBC - Drugs Map of Britain: Wolverhampton: Getting Off Mamba

Very quietly, Home Office backs down on Psychoactive Substances Act: Something has changed in the way the Home Office wants to enforce the Psychoactive Substances Act

Legal highs: Police handle surge in incidents ahead of ban: Freedom of Information responses show the range of anti-social behaviour and crime associated with the drugs.

Number of prison deaths linked to legal highs rises steeply: There were 39 deaths in custody linked to use of legal highs between 2013 and 2015 compared with 19 in 2012-14

Why law banning legal highs will fail: If the government wanted to protect drug users, it would regulate and control the supply of drugs.

Legal high ban the right thing to do: Letter to The Guardian from Norman Baker

Blanket ban on 'legal highs' delayed: A blanket ban on 'legal highs' has been delayed: A government crackdown on drugs that would have seen a blanket ban put on 'legal highs' has been delayed as it is still unclear what is covered.

Warning over new UK legal high law after Irish ban 'made it easier to buy them': A new law designed to crackdown on so called "legal highs" was due to come into force but has been delayed.

Legal highs 'stockpiled' ahead of ban, charities warn: Large quantities of legal highs are being stockpiled before a new law prohibits the sale of the drugs, leading Scottish charities have warned.

Denbighshire 'legal high' use to be focus of first study of its kind in Wales: Pioneering project to look at use of psychoactive over-the-counter drugs in county

USA

A mother takes a stand against huffing (SD): “I've been very quiet about the fact that I lost my daughter to huffing and I just feel like it's time for me to speak out”.

Woman found dead in Staples with 10 empty aerosol cans (PA): A 36-year-old woman was found dead early Saturday in the bathroom of a northwest Philadelphia Staples, surrounded by nearly a dozen empty cans of aerosol keyboard cleaner, police said.

Olathe woman accused of huffing gas is charged with murder in fatal wreck: A 25-year-old Olathe woman accused of huffing gas before a fatal wreck last August has been charged with murder.

'Huffing' spikes dramatically among adults as practice declines with teens: Once a problem primarily limited to adolescents, huffing is now affecting more and more adults, experts said.

Traffic accidents due to VSA were reported in ARFL, GAMI, NYOH, OH, OK, PAPA and SD.

AUSTRALIA

Geelong teenager Pheonix Werner dies after inhaling deodorant with friends: A 14-year-old Geelong boy who died after inhaling deodorant at the weekend has been remembered by family as a "beautiful boy" who was "not into the drug scene".

NEW ZEALAND

Mother of two found dead at home after inhaling butane: The 27-year-old mother of two was found dead at her Napier home by her husband in the early hours of August 3, 2014.

Inside Tiki Taane's drug past: 'I started smoking marijuana at 13': Tiki Taane has spoken about how he started huffing glue at age 11 and soon after sold "tinnies" in the classroom.

PHILIPPINES

Rugby-sniffing street kid now a college grad: He used to beg on the streets to fund his compulsive habit of substance abuse.

BANGLADESH

One homeless youth killed by another over glue sniffing: A homeless man was killed when another youth allegedly hit him with a rod over glue sniffing before Rajdhani Super Market in the capital's Tikatuli early yesterday.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

VSA Headlines - March 2016

We have relaunched our website so please come and visit us this Easter at re-solv.org!

In the meantime, the latest VSA and other 'legal high' headlines include:

UK

Poppers escape ban on legal highs: Liquid chemical drug – alkyl nitrites – wins last-minute exclusion from law that comes into force next month.

The poppers ban: will it criminalise gay users? More than 2m bottles of poppers are sold legally every year – and Yorkshire is the centre of the trade. How is one factory preparing for the ban?

Man has distorted vision after inhaling poppers: A 52-year-old man developed distorted vision after inhaling poppers for the first time. (See BMJ Case Reports.)

Nitrous oxide could disrupt formation of traumatic memories: Nitrous oxide administered after a traumatic event may help to prevent distressing memories from ‘sticking’ in the brain, suggests new UCL research.

Other 'legal highs'

Devastated mum gives warning to other parents after her son overdoses on legal high: A heartbroken mum has issued a warning to parents after her son died taking legal highs delivered to him in the mail.

Morecambe man dies after taking 'legal high': A man has died after taking a so-called legal high in Lancashire, police have said.

Man killed by legal high overdose after twisted dealer told paramedics he was just drinking tea: A man was killed by a legal high overdose after his dealer told paramedics they had just been drinking tea.

Mother who lost son to legal highs welcomes QUB test to fast-track identification of drugs: The mother of a teenager who died after taking so-called legal highs has welcomed a new 'fast track' method of identifying the drugs, which has been developed by experts at Queen's University, Belfast (QUB).

Number of 'legal highs' soaring, warns United Nations body: International Narcotics Control Board says more than 600 new psychoactive substances were reported around the world last year, a rise of 55 per cent

Mental health units see 'significant rise' in psychotic episodes due to legal highs (East Riding): "Inpatient units are seeing a significant increase in people presenting with psychotic symptoms, low mood and suicidal thoughts following use of legal highs.

Britain's legal high ban to be explored in new BBC documentary: On the night before the government bans legal highs, the film will follow those who sell, take and deal the substances.

Big fall in 'legal high' emergencies in Newcastle: The number of emergency incidents involving so-called legal highs to have more than halved in just one month in Newcastle, according to figures released this morning.

Why new law banning all psychoactive substances will be just another ‘war on drugs’ disaster: The recent passing of a new addition to the British statute books, which will come into effect on April 6th, is the latest in a long line of poorly drafted drug laws.

'People will use harder drugs': legal high users on the impact of law changes: This April all legal highs will be outlawed. We hear from those who take these substances about what this could mean

USA 

Gasoline Huffing Caused Teen Death (IL):  The report says huffing gasoline lead to an accidental fire that claimed the life of [the] 19-year-old, and severely burned his 17-year-old brother.

New Sharon man dies while huffing with cigarette (ME): A fire that killed a New Sharon man on Tuesday likely began when a cigarette ignited fumes from an aerosol can, state fire investigators said.

Huffing: The drug abuse problem hiding in plain sight (NV): It's the substance abuse problem most teens know about, but about which parents are often unaware.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

VSA Headlines - February 2016

UK

17-year-old boy dies after inhaling aerosol cans in his bedroom: A teenager died after inhaling aerosol cans in his bedroom, an inquest heard.

Tragic death of 33-year-old Northamptonshire woman from lighter fuel abuse: A 33-year-old Northamptonshire woman who waved goodbye to her boyfriend on a summer's morning was discovered dead 10 hours later from lighter fuel abuse.

John riding to Exmouth in memory of tragic son: A man from Dorset is again riding from Weymouth to Exmouth Queen’s Drive in April in memory of his much-loved son [who] died in 2001 from solvent abuse.

Glue-sniffing ‘Toxic Terry’ finds God and cleans up his life: He explains: “I didn’t try solvents until I was 25. It was all the rage in the 80s. My friends at that time were all doing it. It was just that buzz I got into. But I couldn’t stop.”

UK's biggest poppers manufacturer vows to fight legal high ban on product he's made for 35 years: John Addy decided to talk after Tory MP Crispin Blun gained nationwide attention by admitting in a Commons debate he used poppers.

Catering firm Toon Whip 'selling nitrous oxide as party drug': A Newcastle catering company is selling nitrous oxide as a recreational drug which has been linked to deaths, rather than for whipping cream as advertised, a BBC investigation has found.

Other 'legal highs'

Man dies, three hospitalised after taking legal high Spice on Friday: All four were thought to have taken the same strain of the laboratory-created cannabis substitute known as "Spice".

Professor Green: Hidden and Homeless: Professor Green sets out to discover the modern face of homelessness, changing our perceptions of who the homeless are and the harsh reality of their lives.

Catching up with legal highs: A team of British and Australian scientists has combined two spectroscopy techniques to rapidly identify new psychoactive substances from police drug seizures.

Legal high lesson to be rolled out across schools: Classes delivered to 11 and 12 year old school pupils about the dangers of legal highs are being rolled out across Wales this month.

Plan to tackle legal high use in Bury: Professionals from across the board recently met in Bury to discuss how best to combat and raise awareness of New Psychoactive Substances, and have now set up an early warning network which will allow the relevant authorities to respond appropriately to any drug-related intelligence.

Shopkeeper fined in Scotland's first legal-high conviction: The 26-year-old was charged with breaching product safety regulations after he failed to produce necessary documents to trading standards officers.

Legal highs ban in Lincoln 'not working': Charity workers in Lincoln claim the legal highs ban which was introduced in the city just under a year ago is not making any difference.

Prison officers 'hallucinate and go hysterical' after inhaling inmates' legal highs: "... officers at the jail have become disoriented when they inadvertently breathed in the drug Spice, which prisoners had been smoking.'

USA

Driver in fatal collision high on inhalant (OH): A man who was driving more than 100 mph on I-70 in Madison County when he killed a war veteran in a head-on crash had bought a can of compressed air at a nearby Walmart minutes before and was inhaling it to get high while driving, authorities say.

Other driving incidents are reported in CA and OK.

San Juan Narcotics Unit Investigating Inhalant Abuse (TX): “The number one abused drug right now is inhalants”.

ISRAEL

8-year-old girl dies after inhaling helium from birthday balloon in Kiryat Ata: Paramedics arrived at the the family's home to discover the girl unconscious.

AUSTRALIA

Don’t sniff at Opal solution (NT): The introduction of low aromatic fuel to Katherine and Tennant Creek is an important step in the fight against petrol sniffing.

Govt looks to tackle petrol sniffing: The federal government plans to ban sniffable fuel at petrol stations in several rural areas, with Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion keen on a nationwide roll-out.

Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2015) Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

INDIA

Substance abuse led to Malad boy’s death? (Mumbai) The recent death of a 15-year-old boy, who was given to substance abuse, has highlighted the danger that such behaviour poses to the young generation and the urgent need to address this problem.

Friday, January 29, 2016

VSA Headlines - January 2016

A very Happy New Year from all of us at Re-Solv.

Here's our first round-up for 2016 of the latest stories on VSA and other 'legal highs'.

UK

UK ban on poppers could have disastrous health consequences for MSM: As the myopic Psychoactive Substances Bill nears being waved through Parliament and into law, the future of alkyl nitrites - or, poppers - hangs in the balance, with the proposed ban set to have devastating consequences for some men who have sex with men.

Tory MP declares ‘I use poppers’ as he warns Government not to ban legal high: Crispin Blunt, a former minister, ‘outed’ himself as a poppers user in the House of Commons as MPs debated whether to exempt the substance from a list of banned drugs. Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham MP is leading calls to exempt poppers from the legislation.

Poppers manufacturer 'will fight' legal high ban: A man who makes two million bottles of the popper recreational drug a year says he will fight plans to ban them.

Analysis undertaken of 'legal high' use in Runcorn and Widnes: Halton Council report said there is a 'cultural trend' of nitrous oxide use

Mum jailed for allowing sex abuse of three Plymouth daughters: [One daughter had] resorted to solvent abuse to block out the memories.

Motorcyclists all geared up for addiction charity fundraiser: Organiser John Bramble, from Chickerell, launched the event in memory of his son Craig who he lost to solvent abuse in November 2001.

Other 'legal highs'

The “brilliant” dad of four who went “off the rails” to become Lincoln’s first legal highs death: The sister of a Lincoln father-of-four who is believed to be the city's first legal highs death has paid tribute to her "amazing brother".

Supplier of pills which killed Liverpool man avoid charges because they were correctly labelled: Deadly pills which killed a Liverpool student were not sold to him criminally because they were correctly labelled as not fit for human consumption, police say.

Legal Highs Bill Is “Stupid And Scientifically Illiterate”, Says Parliamentary Motion: An MP has submitted a startlingly brutal early day motion in parliament calling the government’s new psychoactive substances bill “one of the stupidest, most dangerous and unscientific pieces of drugs legislation ever.” Read the Early Day Motion here.

How the UK's Legal High Ban Will Harm Users and Help Dealers: Around 15 months ago, the main head shop in Blackburn, England stopped selling legal highs ... Virtually overnight, however, the shop's legal high trade had been incorporated into the business of a local gang of class A drug dealers.

Why death in a French clinical trial should make 'legal high' users think twice: This death—in a closely-monitored clinical setting—should serve as a warning, both to legal high users and to legislators.

Legal high abuse ambulance calls soar in South East: The number of 999 calls made in the South East over the abuse of so-called legal highs has soared.

Cops ban sale of legal highs: The crackdown comes as the emergency services received reports of 20 'legal high' incidents in the Potteries in just four days – with seven ambulances sent to a Stoke hostel on Saturday night.

Wise to Highs: New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are a source of debate. Katie Boyden investigates the dangers and how one local council is fighting back

Campaigns against legal highs are reported in Newcastle and Jersey.

USA

Orlando lobbyist died from inhaling drug: A prominent Florida lobbyist and lawyer, died in October. His death has been ruled accidental after an autopsy showed he died after inhaling a drug similar to poppers.

In drug death trial, defense witnesses testify to Unity man's narcotic use: [He] might have succumbed to toxic chemicals from “huffing” aerosol substances,

Teen severely burned after huffing gasoline in a garage (MO): Franklin County Captain Charles Subke says the teens mother ran out to save her son and put out the flames while his clothes were still on fire.

AUSTRALIA

Leaded fuel ban in Tennant Creek will fight petrol sniffing, says minister: Federal Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion announces ban on sale of leaded fuel in NT’s Barkly district, praising low-aromatic fuel as ‘silver bullet’.

Chroming habit in Townsville adds to thefts: Townsville Hospital’s emergency department treated 20 patients 30 times as a result of inhaling solvents including deodorant, petrol, glue, paint and air fresheners.

NEW ZEALAND

Children in fire were sniffing fly spray: Four children badly burned after a car they were in caught fire in the backyard of a Huntly house were sniffing fly spray, police have confirmed.

Face huffing problem - Drug Foundation: The Government can't pretend any longer that the huffing problem doesn't exist, says the Drug Foundation.

INDIA

Whitener, adhesive abuse rampant among children (Kerala): The death of a student on Koduvakkonam estate in Peerumade taluk has brought to light a cheap way of getting into a state of intoxication that would create severe health problems. T

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Tribal children paid for work with alcohol and glue to sniff, suggests report: A new Survival International report has found that market traders in the Republic of Congo ply children from the Bayaka tribe with glue, in exchange for cleaning out latrines- a basic toilet.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

VSA Headlines - Nov/Dec 2015

The Global Drug Survey 2016 has launched and you can take part here. If you haven't seen already, there are also some really interesting findings from last year, including this on nitrous oxide.

UK

Firm sentenced after worker dies after inhaling paint stripper: An employer has been fined after a worker died after inhaling fumes while cleaning a chemical stripping paint tank at a motor vehicle repair company

Other 'legal highs'

Man in Bedford dies after taking 'legal high' drug: A man has died after taking a synthetic cannabis substitute called "Spice" in Bedford, police said.

Family tribute to man killed by best friend while high on drugs: A family has paid tribute to a young musician who was killed by his best friend who had taken a previously legal high.

New psychoactive substance banned under temporary power: Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims announces Methiopropamine (MPA) to be banned.

Investigation launched into dangers of 'legal highs' after Manchester sees a huge rise in use: Manchester Metropolitan University academics are to carry out a major new piece of research for the town hall amid growing concerns.

Legal Highs: A Heart (North East) News Investigation.

Project aims to educate Newcastle youngsters about dangers of using legal highs: As city leaders work to clamp down on the legal high epidemic, anti-drug campaigners are working with young people to educate them about the dangerous habit

Prisons chief warns of legal high surge: The outgoing chief inspector of prisons has said there is "no doubt" jails have deteriorated in the five years he has been in the role. See also: Legal high addiction in prison has 'seven-fold' increase and Prisoners' use of legal highs 'puts severe strain on ambulance services'.

Hundreds of patients attending A&E after taking ‘legal highs’: Details obtained by The Scotsman show more than 600 people have been seen by Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments since 2011.

New test for Spice legal high will be 'game changer', says prison minister: Ministry of Justice will be able to detect prisoners using the synethic drug from early next year.

Eton College funds research into why young people take psychoactive 'legal highs': Eton College is funding research into what motivates young people to take so-called “legal highs”, with the aim of improving its drug education strategies.

Thync carefully: mood-altering tech is coming: “With a new technology called Thync, you can now change how you’re feeling at the touch of a button.”

IRELAND

GardaĆ­ unable to pursue 'legal high' prosecutions even if linked to cases of death: Gardai are unable to pursue prosecutions for the sale and possession of some ‘legal highs’ even if they have been linked deaths, according to a senior Garda in the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

USA

Gay Atlanta adult entertainer died from huffing: A 25-year-old gay Atlanta man and adult entertainer found dead in a Midtown hotel room died after huffing cleaning solvent.

PA police chief charged for alleged "huffing" while on duty (PA): A Pennsylvania police chief has been charged for huffing while on duty.

Dubois mom turns in son for alleged huffing (IN): The Jasper Police Department made a drug-related arrest late Sunday night after receiving a call from a concerned parent.

Bond set at $500,000 for Scottsbluff man facing murder charge (NE): [He] allegedly got into an argument over car keys in the 200 block of East Overland on November 16th after ... drinking all day and huffing ...

Supernatural series raises awareness of inhalant abuse (LA): Author and Hammond resident Stacie S. Triche has been using her supernatural “Concealed Names” series as a means to raise awareness for inhalant abuse, which her nephew died from.

Traffic accidents and fatalities caused by VSA reported in FLIN, MD, OH, OR (nitrous oxide), WA and WI.

AUSTRALIA

Sniffing spike in Galiwinku after contractors working on cyclone recovery import aerosol cans (NT): Contractors importing aerosol sprays for the reconstruction of cyclone-battered Indigenous community Galiwinku has led to a "spike" in sniffing, according to Northern Territory police.

JAPAN

16-year-old boy dies after inhaling lighter gas: A 16-year-old boy died after inhaling butane gas used in a lighter while in a park with friends in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, police said Sunday.

Laughing gas crackdown looms over recreational use as drug: Authorities are moving to crack down on laughing gas (nitrous oxide) as a recreational drug because it is becoming easier to obtain through online sales of bicycle tire inflators, which normally use carbon dioxide.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

VSA Headlines - Sept/Oct 2015

This was the first year Re-Solv participated in Recovery Month. What a brilliant September and a big THANK YOU to all the event organisers. Drink & Drug News have posted a great round-up of Recovery Month 2015.

IRELAND

14-year-old boy died after he inhaled lighter gas during caravan holiday: Garda Eoin Culligan, who attended the scene, said that he discovered a can of butane gas, of the type used to refill lighters, next to where the boy's body had been discovered.

UK

Coroner records accidental death after man died from laughing gas inhalation: A young Hereford man died after inhaling a chemical commonly known as laughing gas, an inquest heard.

York launches green solvent service: Scientists at the University of York have launched a service to design and produce environmentally friendly solvents for industrial purposes.

Other legal highs

Student found dead in halls after taking legal high: An inquest has heard how a student was found dead in a bedroom at a Plymouth University halls-of-residence after taking a "legal high".

Inmate died after smoking legal high 'Spice' in Liverpool prison HMP Altcourse: A report into the death last year revealed the 24-year-old smoked the synthetic cannabis only hours before his death.

Proposed blanket ban on legal highs criticised by MPs: Report published by home affairs committee accuses ministers of trying to rush bill through parliament before proposals can be properly evaluated.

Council workshops hope to end 'legal high' abuse: The Safer NPT partnership is aiming to ensure that lessons around legal highs are not learned the hard way by organising workshops for parents on the topic.

The Deadly World of Legal Highs: BBC Scotland investigates the multi-million pound world of the legal high trade.

Deaths involving legal highs rise to 114 last year from just four in 2009: [Scottish] stats for 2014/15 show 114 deaths where legal highs had been taken and Holyrood's Community Safety Minister says it is "unacceptable" such substances are being legally sold on high streets.

Legal highs: Call to investigate link to prison deaths: The Prison Officers' Association (POA) has written to the chief coroner for England and Wales asking him to investigate the link between prisoner deaths and so-called legal highs.

Legal high 'plague' at Portland Prison, report reveals: Portland prison has been hit by a widespread 'plague' of legal highs which has led to a criminal network and inmates' families targeted on the outside, a damning report has revealed.

Six ambulances a day on 'legal high' callouts: Ambulances were called out on average six times a day to deal with cases involving so-called legal highs last year, a BBC Scotland investigation has found. See also, for England, Paramedics 'baffled' by legal highs, as police incidents rise and a feature on Radio 1's Newsbeat.

Newcastle University professor says legal high users are making themselves 'human guinea pigs': Newcastle University’s Prof Simon Thomas is (a director of the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) issues stark warning about dangers opf new drugs menace not even tested on animals.

Nottingham prisoner smuggled £29k of legal highs into HMP Stocken: Police are investigating how drugs worth an estimated £29,000 were smuggled between two jails during the transfer of a prisoner.

Shocking video shows man collapse after taking substance: Cheshire Police has issued legal notices against three city centre shops to stop them selling legal highs as they released a shocking video showing a man collapsing after apparently having taken one of the substances.

I Walked Around Bestival Asking to Test People's Drugs: Landing on the Isle of Wight, I jumped in a cab with two guys from London. We were all on our way to Bestival, the last big British festival of the summer, and my fare-sharers were obviously anticipating a big one, having each taken a couple of pills before crossing the Solent.

On a high: why Britain is back on ecstasy: Ecstasy, along with its dance music soundtrack, is enjoying a resurgence with a new generation of clubbers. Are they responding to the crackdown on legal highs or the fact that the quality of the drug is better than ever?

First Lincoln 'legal high' ban prosecutions successful: The first two people have been prosecuted for ignoring Lincoln City Council’s ban on ‘legal highs’.

‘It’s no laughing matter’: Southwater police in nitrous oxide campaign: Police volunteers in Southwater have produced a poster raising awareness of the dangers of legal high nitrous oxide.

USA

Woman's death may be linked to computer cleaner (DE): A new trend in substance abuse may be to blame for the death of a 27-year-old Delaware woman in Murfreesboro Saturday night.

Man caught huffing in Wal-Mart restroom dies of cardiac arrest (WA): A 29-year-old man who had repeatedly been caught inhaling fumes from stolen cans of compressed air cans in Kitsap County died after police found him inhaling the substance in Poulsbo.

Huffing can be fatal (KS): On a Friday evening in 2013, things changed for John. He was at a friend's house and a can of compressed air changed everything for him.

Patterns of Inhalant Use among Incarcerated Youth: Inhalant use is especially prevalent among antisocial youth and can have serious health consequences. However, the extant literature has not investigated how use of various inhalants may co-occur among incarcerated youth. This study begins to address this gap in the literature.

Concert to raise money for anti-huffing awareness (VA): That’s the message a committee of community leaders and public school students have been working to spread since Andrew Bailey Spencer collapsed and died at his home in Blacksburg last year from a practice known as “huffing.”

Madison police say suspect was 'huffing' before fatal crash (WI): Man was inhaling fumes from a computer cleaning spray while driving

Hamilton mother sentenced for giving kids alcohol, inhalants (MT): A Hamilton woman who pleaded guilty to proving alcohol to a minor and inhaling canned air with her children has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with five years suspended

'Happening too often': Drivers high on cleaning products (MI): In the last few months, authorities have responded to car accidents caused by people getting high off cleaning products.

‘Inhalant-abusing’ mom battles billionaire ex to see her kid (NY): A former model — who hasn't been able to speak to her daughter since the child’s billionaire father showed a Manhattan judge video of his ex inhaling a can of Dust-Off spray to get high — is headed for a bruising trial in an effort to get her little girl back.

CANADA

Huffing propane can kill you, Nunavut coroner warns: Young Pond Inlet man, 19, dies after inhaling propane.

Huff playwright Cliff Cardinal on solvent abuse: "a scary subculture that nobody wants to talk about": Cardinal's award-winning 2012 show explores life on the margins

AUSTRALIA

Logan police work with retailers in an attempt to stop youths abusing volatile substances in the area (QLD): Logan police have worked with retailers in order to ­remove the active ingredient that gives glue sniffers a high, a leading police officer in the region says.

NEW ZEALAND

Other legal highs

'Matter of time' till legal highs back on shelves: In 2013, the New Zealand Government introduced game-changing and world-leading legislation designed to tackle the legal highs industry. A year later, under a wave of public pressure, psychoactive substances were pulled from the shelves. However, next month players in the industry can take their first tentative steps back into the marketplace. Timothy Brown reports on what the future holds.

FIJI

Concern over sale of volatile substances: The Government should put in place regulations that will stop hardware retailers and other traders from selling volatile substances to minors.

PHILIPPINES

Rescued minors back to sniffing rugby: A day after the 45 minors, who were rounded up under the bridge in Barangays Mabolo and Banilad last Friday night, were released, some of them were spotted slipping back into their old habits--sniffing rugby.

INDIA

Destitute kids fall into glue-sniffing trap: Sniffing of glue or adhesives, cycle-tube solutions of different brands and other volatile solvents is on the rise among children belong to very poor families, vagabonds, orphans and the homeless.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

VSA Headlines - August 2015

UK

Tragedy of Stanley teen who died after inhaling deodorant: A police officer with more than two decades of experience investigating sudden deaths described the loss of a teenager’s life due to solvent abuse as a tragedy at an inquest.

Spurned lover jailed after setting fire to his own clothes: Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the relationship had deteriorated after [his partner] found out he had been sniffing gas.

Nitrous oxide campaigners take drug outside UK parliament in protest at bill: About 100 people attend a mass inhalation against psychoactive substances bill, which would criminalise sale and supply of ‘nox’ and other drugs. (Re-Solv's statement, quoted in this article, voices the "fear that the growing use of nitrous oxide may inadvertently normalise the inhalation of gases to achieve a high, possibly leading to increased misuse of butane.")

V Festival: Police seize more than 17,000 canisters of nitrous oxide in 'legal high' crackdown

Medical spray is new fix: Youngsters warned off taking deadly legal high: Youngsters have been warned off using a potentially deadly new legal high available online.

IRELAND

Increase in numbers sniffing gas: Warnings are being issued regarding the life-threatening danger of inhaling butane gas — with drug agencies noticing a resurgence in recent years.

‘Deeply worrying’ increase in people huffing butane in Dublin city centre: It’s widely and cheaply available – but can lead to fits, short term memory loss and in some cases sudden death.

'Legal Highs'

Paramedics see increase in patients who have taken legal highs. Paramedics in the West Midlands say they have seen an increase in the number of call-outs to patients who have taken so-called ‘legal highs’. West Midlands Ambulance Service today released figures for 999 calls they have received across the area where the legal high ‘black mamba’ is mentioned. In April, they received eight black mamba calls, in May, nine, in June, 20, July, 29 and August, 39 so far. (BBC report states that W. Mids "call-outs to people suffering seizures and hallucinations after taking a former "legal high" have quadrupled".)

Tragedy as disabled woman dies after taking legal high 'Black Mamba': Inquest told [she] was found at home by her partner after taking 'synthetic' drug.

Man died after taking a now-banned legal high 'Banshee Dust' and trying to throw himself through a window: A coroner has welcomed the fact a legal high which was associated with a Swansea man's death has been banned.

Death of Morriston man leads to legal high ban call by Swansea coroner: Aled Gruffydd, assistant coroner in Swansea, urged action over ethylphenidate, which users inject, following an inquest into the death.

Preston mum speaks out against legal highs which killed her son: In June 2009 Aileen Worswick suffered every mum’s worst nightmare.

Heartbroken Bangor mum tortured by son’s ‘legal high’ drug death: A heartbroken mum who blames legal highs for the death of her 17-year-old son has spoken of her pain at being unable to help him in his final moments.

Babies are ‘hooked on legal highs’: “We are seeing a number of babies born that are demonstrating withdrawal symptoms very quickly after birth and for extended periods of time,” said temporary chief inspector Lindsey Stamp.

Jordan Blackburn issues photo of himself in induced coma to show dangers of legal highs. The 20-year-old had been hospitalised after taking legal highs at Kendal Calling.

Newcastle legal high dealers 'could be pushed under ground' after council bans traders, says shop owner: Jacob Ideala, one of three city businesses ordered to stop selling legal highs, says the substances could end up in the hands of the wrong people

USA

Woman found dead in her car in Walmart parking lot (FL): A woman from Archer died in a parking lot after police say she inhaled several cans of dust cleaner.

Book promoters film trailer at park: It is dedicated to Triche’s nephew, Charles, who died young from inhalant abuse. All profits from the book, which is one of four in a series, will go to promote inhalant abuse awareness in schools.

Driver high on inhalants gets 12 years in jail for injuring two in crash at fast-food restaurant (NJ).

Driver strikes house after allegedly “huffing” (MA): A driver hit a house Sunday night demolishing a handicap ramp and causing the front porch roof to collapse.

NEW ZEALAND

Retailers ready for next high: The Otago Daily Times has been told more Dunedin dairies are selling small quantities of legal, non psychoactive products, in anticipation of a psychoactive product being approved for sale.

INDIA

Dendrite addiction among street kids becoming great concern for Siliguri (West Bengal): Public places under the Siliguri Municipal Corporation area including bus terminuses, railway stations and parks have become a safe haven for street children to sniff Dendrite and take drugs.