Wednesday, December 23, 2009

VSA news in December

The following are VSA new stories from around the world that have come to our attention in December. Thanks for taking some time to stay up to date with the current volatile substance abuse picture. Re-Solv wishes all of our Blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

UK

Drug users know their stuff EurekAlert (press release) Heroin, crack and cocaine topped the list in terms of harm, but alcohol was rated fifth, solvents seventh and tobacco ninth. Ecstasy came 13th in the harm

Ottery cannisters find sparks youngster gas safety fears Sidmouth Herald PC Thomas said internet sales make laws difficult to regulate, and while there is no "hard" evidence to suggest youngsters have been inhaling the gas, ...

My son died from solvent abuse guardian.co.uk - UK In 1988, Barbara Skinner's son Darren died, aged 16, after sniffing solvent from a can of deodorant. She tells Stuart Jeffries about her 20-year campaign to ...

Junkie beats heroin to mark a family Christmas Kent News While most children were out playing with their friends, Peter began dabbling in drugs and was addicted to solvents at the age of 12. ...

USA

Mom blames son's death on air freshener WBXH It also warns "intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal." In response to this case, ...

Life Reinvented: Tribett Breaking Chains of Addiction Wheeling News Register That happened in the summer of 2005 when Bellaire police found Tribett inebriated from huffing spray paint. His mugshot, with the lower half of his face ...

Trial begins in Wyo. fatal crash Local News8.com... several lanes of traffic and hitting a car driven by 72-year-old Madeline Rakestraw head on, was huffing pressurized air before the March 15 crash. ...

GF man accused of puncturing stepfather's arm with drill Grand Forks Herald A Grand Forks man is accused of huffing butane and puncturing his stepfather's arm with the bit end of a portable Craftsman drill Tuesday. ...

Jury finds Breazeale guilty of vehicular homicide Casper Star-Tribune Online He denied huffing the Dust Off, however, saying that a pre-existing medical condition was to blame for him blacking out. A doctor testified to having ...

Man pleads guilty to huffing in accident that injured passenger Rapid City Journal A driver who hit two cars before his car finally stopped when it slammed into a tree has admitted inhaling dusting compound while he was driving. ...

Judge denies judgement in grocery store wrongful death lawsuit Dothan Eagle Farmer was charged with murder because she was under the influence of an inhalant after she'd apparently been “huffing” in the car. ...

Nebraskan pleads guilty to vehicular homicide Action 3 News Police say that before the accident on June 17, the 24-year-old Martinez had been getting high by inhaling compressed air from a can of Dust Off. Martinez's ...

'Huffing' Suspected in Teen's Death: Autopsy will determine if keyboard ...Behavioral Health Central (blog)"She must have been huffing," Gianna's father told police -- a reference to inhaling the fumes off a variety of household products to get a cheap, ...

Cleburne teen warns of 'dusting' danger WFAA Police said this appears to be just one case amid a flurry of incidents involving "dusting," the slang for inhaling compressed air designed to dust ...

Mom Seen Huffing With Kid In Car Gets Plea Deal WSMV Police said the boy's mother, Ashlie Hunter Braswell, was driving and huffing chemicals out of a can of dust destroyer. Mitchell ultimately forced Braswell ...

Teen Drug Use Survey Is 'Warning Sign' WebMD - USA The results from an annual survey of US teenagers show that previous declines in marijuana, alcohol, and inhalant use have largely leveled off over the past ...

Chronic 'Huffer' Admits Fatally Crushing Man WYFF4.com BOILING SPRINGS, SC -- A man who was convicted nearly two dozen times of paint huffing was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for a fatal attack on a ...

Delco. Woman Pleads Guilty In Fatal DUI Drash CBS 3 Jankins admits she was high on marijuana and huffing solvents at the time of the accident. Jankins pled guilty to the charges of Homicide by Vehicle While ...

Infamous paint-huffer turns his life aroundKansas City StarYou've almost certainly seen Patrick Tribett's mugshot -- he's the guy who got busted for huffing paint and, because of his now-famous booking photo

Former student found guilty Central Florida Future According to Riberdy, Barnes wasn't under the influence of alcohol but was high from huffing. Huffing is inhaling the contents from inside an aerosol can. ...

Man arrested, charged twice with huffing, DUI Newton Citizen The witness told deputies she went over to see if the driver was OK and noticed the driver was huffing on an aerosol can of computer keyboard cleaner. ...

Australia

Mackay kids sniff deadly cocktail Mackay Daily Mercury MACKAY youths are putting their lives at risk in a deadly new trend – sniffing deodorant. Police and community members have expressed great concern over the ...

Youth workers back petrol sniffing treatment laws ABC Online... to the Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act, which is aimed at identifying and treating young people who sniff substances like petrol and glue. ...

Kenya

Orphans continue a tough struggle on the streets BBC News Just off the main street running through the centre of Eldoret you will find an army of glue-sniffing street kids. Almost all the children have a small ...

Nepal

The children of Tridevi Marg York Weekly Day in and day out, the boys lay there, eyes rolled back into their heads, cheekbones protruding through their unwashed faces, huffing inhalants wrapped in ...

South Africa

Mom's frantic bid to revive son News24 Falcone's father, Frank, a former policeman, had apparently discovered him inhaling butane gas in his room a few months ago. "He had the look of a dead man ...

Philippines

QC moves to regulate rugby sale Manila Bulletin Aside from being eyesores, Councilor Dorothy Delarmente of the city's first district, said that mendicants and street urchins inhaling the elements have ...

Starweek Magazine Hope in a home called Tahanan Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines He says solvent abuse literally dries up one's brain. This is why he is keen on addressing the needs of streetchildren, even if they end up practically as ...

Friday, November 20, 2009

VSA news updates November

Thanks for having a look at the recent headlines featuring VSA.

UK

Drug advisers depart as report shows Britain is drug hotspot The Edinburgh Journal - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK Solvent abuse, such as sniffing glue, inhaling gas from aerosols, is considered a “very hidden” issue by, Marina Clayton, Scotland's development manager for ...

USA

Vehicle searched in fatal crash Southwest Virginia Today - Richlands, VA, USA According to inhalant.org, a Web site dedicated to stopping the abuse of common household products, “the effects of inhaling can be severe. ...

22-year-old man found dead Livonia Observer - Livonia, MI, USA Livonia police are investigating whether the man used an inhalant prior to his death, but won't know until a medical examiner's report is completed in about ...

Texas resists family's effort to clear executed man CNN As a teenager, Todd had started huffing paint and dropped out of school. He'd been on probation for burglary, theft and driving under the influence and did ...

Teen Drives into Home After Allegedly "Huffing" WTVWA 17 year-old girl drove her car into a house and officials say a trend called "huffing" is to blame. It's not alcohol or drugs but rather a way for kids to ...

Garden City Police Concerned Over Kids "Huffing" KWCH Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome can affect a person who frequently uses inhalants, or is using inhalants for the first time.

Mom urges parents who suspect 'huffing' to seek help Sioux City Journal JIM LEE Kay Abbe, pictured during an interview, talks about her son, Daniel Boone, who died from huffing. (Journal photo Jim Lee) -- Empty spray paint or ...

Australia

Petrol sniffing 'wiped out' in Tennant Creek ABC Online By Kirsty Nancarrow Tennant Creek police say a petrol sniffing problem in the town has been wiped out as a result of agencies working together. ...

Canada

Equine program helps youth Sarnia Observer - Sarnia, ON, Canada In West Lorne, a large number of the kids attend an inhalant addiction centre outside London and have arrived from remote communities in the north. ...

Friday, October 30, 2009

More VSA headlines from around the world

USA

Rapid City woman sentenced for huffing KTIVAP - October 27, 2009 9:35 AM ET RAPID CITY, SD (AP) - A woman has been ordered to jail for six months for huffing computer cleaner near her children in a ...

Mother charged with 'huffing' in front of baby Cookeville Herald Citizen ALGOOD -- A Cookeville woman is facing serious charges after being caught "snorting" a can of dust remover in the presence of her baby, police said. ...

Impact of huffing Emporia Gazette By Bobbi Mlynar (Contact) When Lora Esslinger Meirowsky's cell phone rang shortly before sunup on the morning of Oct. 20, 2008, she wasn't surprised. ...

Man Arrested for Huffing Gas in Wal-Mart Bathroom FOXNews Tulsa police have arrested a man for public intoxication after finding him "huffing" — or inhaling — compressed gas inside a Wal-Mart bathroom. ...

UPDATED: Two hospitilized after vehicle hits 5 cars, rolls twice Livingston Daily Inhalant abuse, also known as “huffing,” is the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to attain a high. Bezotte said the two men had apparently ...

Australia

Hunter youths ditch alcohol for parents' pills Newcastle Herald - Newcastle, Australia... young people did not consider prescription medication abuse as problematic. ... incidents of groups

Governments accused of delaying Opal rolloutABC OnlineThe Uniting Church agency Uniting Care Wesley is warning that petrol sniffing will surge at Yalata, on South Australia's far west coast, ...

Malaysia

Bill On Glue Sniffing Submitted To AG Bernama KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- The draft Bill to make glue sniffing an offence has been sent to the Attorney-General's Department for perusal. ...

Malta

Sniffing your life awayMalta Independent OnlineTypical inhalant users are between the ages of nine and 17. In fact, the results of the latest International Report on the European School Survey Project on ...

Friday, October 09, 2009

September/October VSA news headlines

Please take a moment to have a look at the VSA updates from the last three weeks. There have been three deaths mentioned in the UK press in this period, see the links below.

UK News

Cadet, 17, died after sniffing aerosol Scotsman A spokeswoman for the anti-solvent abuse charity Re-Solv said: "One of the main causes of death, the greatest risk of solvent abuse, is heart failure. ..
Girl, 18, killed by lighter gas The Sun - London, UK A spokesman for anti-solvent abuse charity Re-Solv said: "Solvent abuse is not a problem of the past". By MYRA PHILP A TRAGIC teenager collapsed and died ...
Bradford Coroner speaks out on the dangers of sniffing butane Bradford Telegraph Argus By Kathie Griffiths » A coroner has warned of the dangers of sniffing gas after a young mum died. Bradford coroner Roger Whittaker said if any good was to ...
Dicing with death North Wales Pioneer - Colwyn Bay, Wales, UK Insp. Andrew Broadhead of the West Conwy district said solvent abuse is not something ... According to national solvent abuse prevention charity, Re-solv...
Fears youngsters are sniffing aerosols in Llandudno Junction underpass North Wales Weekly News - Llandudno,Conwy,UKThe charity Re-Solv works closely with substance misuse action teams and school liaison officers in North Wales to highlight the dangers of sniffing ...
SOLVENT ABUSE FEARS HIT BALLYMONEY Ballymoney Times Said the inspector: "There has been some indication that a bit of solvent abuse or glue-sniffing is taking place in the town." He added: "It has been quite ...

Army cadet died after sniffing solvents guardian.co.uk An army cadet who was found dead in his bunk at a training camp was killed by sniffing solvents in his barracks, his death certificate has revealed. ...
USA News

Girl, 15, dies from 'dusting' Omak Okanogan County Chronicle The practice of inhaling dust remover products, known nationally as “dusting” and in general as “huffing,” has been widely reported by the US media since at ...
East Stroudsburg man died after huffing, coroner finds Pocono Record Huffing is the practice of intentionally abusing chemical inhalents, typically found in cleaning products, to attain a mental intoxication or euphoric ...
Police say woman who drove through Virginia Beach house was ... WTKR Your News Channel 3 Police charged the driver, Malia Lepley with driving under the influence of drugs. They say she was huffing a can of computer keyboard cleaner before and ...

Canton Teen's Hands Amputated After 'Huffing' Propane Hartford Courant Coppinger said that she had never heard of "huffing" — or inhaling — propane and wanted to alert parents and children so that no one else would suffer such ...

McComb mom wants charges in daughter's 2008 death WLBT-TV - Jackson, MS, USA The grieving mother blames the tragedy on inhalants, she claims the driver, ... She is on a mission to warn parents about the dangers of inhalants, ...
Huffer's Story A Warning Wheeling Intelligencer By GABE WELLS Staff Writer WHEELING - The time Patrick Tribett has spent in jail has apparently done nothing to ease his need to get high by huffing spray ...
Bettendorf strengthens huffing ordinance Quad City Times The chemical inhalation law, also known as the "huffing" ordinance, previously outlawed ingredients found in many household items, such as toluene or toluol ...
Suspect in 'huffing' crash waives hearing6abc.comOctober 7, 2009 (WPVI) -- The woman accused of causing a deadly crash after driving while huffing and smoking marijuana waived her prelminary hearing. ...
Police: Teen was huffing Dickinson Press A Dickinson teen who crashed into a power pole Tuesday and caused a power outage across much of the city had been huffing canned air when she blacked out, ...
Man faces charges after crashing into business KFVS According to authorities 23 year old Michael Shannon apparently passed out after possibly huffing dust remover. He then struck another car and crashed into ...
"Huffing" Drug Problem WJHG-TV Panama City Beach- Abusers choose huffing because it's cheap and the chemicals can be found in nearly every home. Huffing is one of the most dangerous forms ...
Cops: Hearing scheduled for 'huffing' driver accused in crash that ... PennLive.com By Matthew Kemeny The driver who police say was huffing from a Dust-Off can when she struck and killed a Lebanon Valley College student-athlete in a ...
Police say teens involved in crash were huffing Pocono Record A carload of huffing teenagers crashed in Hamilton Township on Thursday afternoon, according to Swiftwater State Police. While traveling, according to the ...

Mom raises alarm over inhalants Des Moines Register.com But since inhalants "in and of themselves are not illegal, there were no criminal charges to be had," he said. Southwoods Principal Kent Abrahamson said ...
Brunei
Inhalants New Drug Of Choice For Youngsters Bru Direct - Brunei Darussalam Picture: BT/Rachel Thien Bandar Seri Begawan - Inhalants are newly preferred drug substance abused by young people in the Sultanate as sniffing kangaroo ...
Australia
Man was sniffing paint, but he smelled fake fire Ipswich Queensland Times “He said there was no reason for making the calls other than that he'd been sniffing paint,” she said. Brown pleaded guilty to two charges of improper use ...
Call for petrol sniffing laws to tackle problem drinking ABC Online An alcohol control group in Alice Springs says problem drinking should be tackled the same way as petrol sniffing. The People's Alcohol Action Coalition ...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Teenager dies after 'sniffing lighter gas' with her friends

A TEENAGE girl collapsed and died yesterday after apparently inhaling deadly lighter gas at a car park in East Lothian.
Kirsty Wilson, 18, was reportedly in a car with friends when she passed out sniffing the fumes from an aerosol.
Her distraught friends raced her to Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary – 25 minutes' drive away – but she died despite the best efforts of medics who battled to save her.
Last night, her heartbroken parents, sisters and brother were being comforted by friends.
Kirsty's grandmother, Helen Dunn, 69, reportedly said: "I don't know what happened yet. They're having a post-mortem. "The family is all together at her dad's house. I just don't know what to say."
Kirsty, who lived in Gilmerton, had gone for a drive with four teenage friends on Wednesday night. They stopped at Longniddry Bents car park on the coast. After reportedly inhaling the lethal gas, she was taken to A&E but lost her fight for life in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Last night, members of the family gathered at her dad Alexander's home. Kirsty's parents were divorced and she lived with mum Pauline, 50.
She is survived by older sisters Leanne, 28, and Laurie Wilson, 21, and younger sister Kayleigh, 15, and brother Daniel, 13.
Last night, shocked neighbours at her dad's home gathered in the street. One neighbour said: "We knew Kirsty. It's tragic." A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: "There are no suspicious circumstances. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."
Scotland's record for deaths through volatile substance abuse was among the worst across the UK between 1995 and 2004, though by 2006 the number killed by solvents fell to an annual figure of just one.

By LAURA CUMMINGS

taken from The Edinburgh Evening News

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More VSA Headlines - September

Propane sniffing teens in Canada...New huffing laws in the US...
Dust-Off driving death in Philadelphia... More headlines from around the world about the impact of volatile substance abuse.
Bettendorf prepares to expand huffing ordinance Quad City Times Redington said the city decided to add "organic" to the law because they have heard of people huffing something known as "jenkem."

State police honor Clarion officer for drugged driving recognition Clarion News - Clarion, PA, USA... has the distinction of being only the second evaluation of more than 2000 in Pennsylvania in which an inhalant was called and confirmed by toxicology. ...
Propane-sniffing teens believed behind Sask. tank fire CBC.ca Propane-sniffing teenagers were probably responsible for a storage tank fire that erupted a week ago on a northern reserve, officials say. ...
Rescued man was sniffing paint, police say San Antonio Express By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News San Antonio police arrested a 50-year-old man suspected of sniffing spray paint from a beer can while San Antonio Fire ...
Cops: 'Huffing' cause of fatal Delco crash Philadelphia Daily News Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Sr. said yesterday that the toxicology results show that Jankins, 20, of Haverford, was huffing the ...
Over 100 treated at Stanley Express Buzz “We treated a three-year-old child who got addicted to sniffing petrol. The child had first accidentally sniffed petrol in a tank when his father was ...

Editorial: Horrors of huffing just don't go away Delaware County Daily Times Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said, “From the beginning of the investigation we thought she had been huffing. The bottom line is, ...

Friday, September 04, 2009

Volatile Substance Abuse - In the News

More headlines from around the world featuring volatile substance abuse. Freon abuse in America, continuing problems with petrol abuse in Australia, the dangers of huffing whilst driving - Please spare a moment to catch up on the latest events.


Concern About New Drug Use The Bahama Journal "For the most part, coming out of the Family Island communities we have seen an increase in inhalant use particularly among our female students. ...

New Concerns Raised on the Dangers of Huffing Cleveland News - Fox 8 SOUTHINGTON, Ohio - The death of a local teen and serious injury to two more, is reminding us of the dangers of huffing, or inhaling chemicals from an ...

Freon may be the new high WFIE-TV A year ago, Ray Sforza learned about freon huffing from a heating and air conference and didn't think it would catch on with teens in Oakland City, ...

Liquor bans linked to petrol sniffing rise ABC Online There are fears petrol sniffing has again taken hold in Western Australia's east Kimberley since the Government introduced alcohol bans in Halls Creek. ...

POLICE: Teens Found Unconscious in Traffic, High on Inhalants WSAZ-TV Officers believe they were both huffing inhalants. Police also found Oxycodone pills in Duff's pocket. Officers also noticed that Duff's car matched the ...

Deadly sniff Fiji Daily Post Glue sniffing may have slipped down the list of worries for parents but it is a bigger killer for teenagers than hard drugs warns experts. ...

Friday, August 21, 2009

August VSA headlines from around the world

Re-Solv's periodic look at the global VSA situation, including the first links highlighting a new radio campaign in Scotland advised by Re-Solv's Scottish office.

Campaign launched to combat solvent abuseAberdeen Press and JournalThe “Not To Be Sniffed At” initiative aims to inform parents about the dangers of volatile substance abuse and to encourage them to talk to their children ...

Substance abuse dangers highlighted stv.tv The dangers of volatile substance abuse (VSA) amongst youngsters are being highlighted by a new health campaign. The 'Not to be Sniffed at' campaign, ...

Boy treated after huffing Port Clinton News Herald YORK TOWNSHIP -- A Township boy was treated at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after huffing dye, authorities said. The 17-year-boy could face unruly juvenile ...

Arrest for the Supply of a Volatile Substance – Alice Springs Australia.TO A man will face court later this month on charges of supplying a volatile substance to three teenagers in Alice Springs. Police received a report just after ...

'Huffing' air leads to charges Moultrie Observer MOULTRIE — A Moultrie man was arrested after he allegedly crossed over North Veterans Parkway while “huffing” compressed air Tuesday afternoon. ...

Overall drug abuse down but heroin abuse increases Channel News Asia - Singapore As for inhalant abuse in Singapore, which includes glue sniffing, the situation remained the same. Latest numbers showed 344 cases so far this year, ...

Police: Unlicensed Teen Driver Crashes After 'Dusting' TheDenver Channel.com She said they had been "dusting," which is the recreational practice of inhaling compressed chemicals to cut off oxygen flow to the brain, creating a mild ...

Son's death motivates woman to try and save others Business Gazette - Gaithersburg, MD, USA by Laura C. Jackson Special to The Gazette Mitchellville resident Janna Zuber's son died after taking an inhalant seven years ago. ...

Area woman in trouble with the law again for huffing WQOW TV News 18Eau Claire (WQOW) -- An area woman is in trouble with the law again for her addiction to huffing. Last week, authorities found Lisa Waggoner-Roberts of ...

'I've been sniffing it since I was 7' Indian Express He is edgy as he talks: “I've been sniffing it since I was seven or eight.” Vijay's father is a rickshaw puller; his mother died some years ago. ...

Teen admits huffing before fatal crash WFMJ One of the survivors of that crash, Kaylynn Barko, tells the Ohio Highway Patrol that just prior to the crash Manchester was huffing, using an aerosol can. ...

Tasered Homeless Man Catches on Fire CBS News - New York, NY, USA From the look of him and with substance abuse, no wonder he's homeless. ... placed restrictions on the sale of some solvent-containing products to minors, ...

Raid police find jumbo drug stash The Sun - London, UK A GRIEVING mum yesterday warned parents to be on their guard after shocking figures revealed Scotland has Britain's highest number of solvent abuse deaths. ...

Taser use near flammable materials limited Lancaster Eagle Gazette Adam Pillar said huffing dangerous materials is not uncommon in Lancaster. "It's usually kids that don't have access to any other type of drug," Pillar said ...

Monday, August 03, 2009

Re-Solv news roundup - VSA headlines for July

In the news - More headlines from around the world detailing the tragic consequences of volatile substance abuse. Following the recent report from St George's University London which indicated that VSA deaths, particularly amongst adults, are rising, the following stories highlight the problem in more detail. Please spare a moment and take a look.

Govt considers petrol sniffing advice ABC Online - Australia... will consider a recommendation from a Senate inquiry to help encourage remote roadhouses to sell Opal fuel in a bid to curtail petrol sniffing. ...

Burnley drug addict (24) dies after sniffing butane gas Burnley Express - East Lancashire, UK A BURNLEY man receiving help for a drug problem died at home after taking an accidental overdose, an inquest heard. Mr Steven Gorton (24), of Lyndhurst Road ...

Police say woman was huffing while driving before crash FOX 21 Online - Duluth, MN, USA They suspect she had been huffing--inhaling compressed air from an air duster product, causing her to pass out off and on, all the while driving west on ...

Uptown Magazine - Winnipeg's Online Source for Arts, Entertainment ... Uptown - Winnipeg, MB, Canada The seemingly perennial problem of solvent abuse is in the news once again, with reports this past week that H1N1-plagued Manitoba First Nations communities ...

'Huffing,' reckless driving contributed to Pierre teen's death ... Sioux Falls Argus Leader - Sioux Falls, SD, USA PIERRE - Huffing an inhalant, reckless driving and failing to wear a seat belt all were contributing factors in a crash that killed a Pierre teenager, ...

11000 addicted children get help Metro - London, UK There were also 22 under-12s who were treated for solvent abuse. Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb described the figures as horrific. ...

Huffing charge faced airman before accusation of killing Indianapolis Star - United States By Jason Thomas An airman from Greenwood who police say shot and killed his girlfriend in California last weekend was charged with huffing while on ...

Police suspect boy was huffing before disturbance phillyBurbs.com - Philadelphia, PA, USA Police tracked the boy and a 21-year-old man to the condo after receiving a call that several people were "huffing" balloons in the area of Tulip Road and ...


Huffing Incident Illuminates Deadly Habit KETV.com - Omaha, NE, USA A Lincoln teenager who passed out in a grocery store restroom after huffing compressed air from a canister of dust remover was a recent reminder of the ...

Coroner: Woman likely died from huffing air freshener The Herald-Times Bloomington, IN, USA But Piper said items found at the scene point to a huffing-related death. “All the signs were present for a huffing overdose. ...

Father's solvent abuse campaign - Peterborough Today Re-solv will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year, and Mr Cullington will use his experience to help teach and support parents and youngsters affected by solvent abuse. Chris died after suffering a heart attack after inhaling ...


Australian engulfed in flames after being TaseredThe Associated PressSYDNEY — A man whose relatives say had been sniffing gasoline burst into flames after a police officer Tasered him as he ran at officials carrying a ...See all stories on this topic

WA todayMan set on fire by police TaserWA todayThe man has been charged with assault to prevent arrest and possession of a sniffing substance while the 18-year-old woman has been charged with two counts ...

Man catches on fire after use of Taser Sydney Morning Herald A man caught alight after police used a Taser on him as they responded to reports of petrol sniffing in a remote desert community in Western Australia. ...

Sex Assault Arrest in Morgan Co. WAAY She told police she thought McGinnis had been huffing gasoline before the attack. McGinnis was arrested without incident at his home. ...

4 kids rescued from fumes in Dallas motel; parents accused of ... Dallas Morning News - Dallas, TX, USA By STEVE THOMPSON / The Dallas Morning News A man and woman are accused of sniffing paint thinner in a far northeast Dallas motel suite as fumes filled the ...

Father appeals to young people after daughter's aerosol death Belfast Telegraph - United Kingdom... recommends that adrenaline should not be used or should be avoided in (cardiac) arrest situations where there is evidence of volatile substance abuse. ...

Two teenagers dead after sniffing aerosols Belfast Telegraph - United Kingdom Mrs Peake said she had caught her daughter sniffing nail polish two years earlier at the age of 14 with a friend and had “taken the head off her” for it. ...

PRIVATE DWYER'S LAST BREATH Ethiopian Review - Washington, DC, USA He knew huffing was dangerous: Within seconds of even the first hit, Dust-Off can cause cardiac arrest. Which is why, at first, the soldier kept his habit ...

Woman arrested after 'huffing,' passing out in front of officers Sarasota Herald-Tribune MANATEE COUNTY - A Bradenton woman was arrested after she was found passed out in a pharmacy parking lot after huffing from an air can, the Bradenton Police ...

Man charged with 'huffing' inside store Lancaster Newspapers By RYAN ROBINSON, Staff Writer A New Providence man faces charges after police say he huffed nitrous oxide from 20 cans of whipped cream inside a ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New St George's VSA report released

58 deaths from VSA in 2007

St George's University of London has released the 22nd annual Trends in deaths associated with volatile substances 1971-2007 report.
The report, which was compiled for the Department of Health, monitors trends in deaths associated with the misuse of gas fuels, aerosols, glues, anaesthetic agents and other solvent based products.
There were 58 deaths associated with volatile substance abuse in 2007, compared with
51 deaths in 2006, bringing the total number of VSA deaths in the UK since 1971 to
2,308.
In 2007, butane from all sources accounted for 46 of the 58 deaths and of these butane cigarette lighter refills formed the largest group. Three deaths in 2007 were attributed to asphyxia (a condition of deficient supply of oxygen to the body) associated with the inhalation of nitrous oxide (more commonly known as ‘laughing gas’).
Among under 18s there were seven deaths resulting from volatile substance misuse in 2007 - a similar number to the previous two years.

Other key findings include:

Since 1992, there has been an overall decline in the number of deaths from volatile substance abuse. There was an average of 76 per year in 1993-1999, but this fell to an average of 56 per year in 2000-2007;
For twenty year olds and over there was an increase in 2007 to 48 deaths, the highest number recorded to date for this age-group;
Gas fuels continue to be associated with the majority of deaths. In 2007, butane from all sources, including aerosol propellants, accounted for almost 80% of VSA deaths (46 of the 58 deaths).

Recorded deaths were generally sudden and in 2007 were five times more common in males than females. Of the 58 deaths in 2007, nine were suicides involving the inhalation of a volatile substance. The report found that for both adults and children, volatile substance abuse which led to death usually took place in the home.

The reason that figures from 2007 are being published now is due to a necessary delay of more than twelve months between the end of a calendar year and publication of the VSA report. This is to allow time for data to become available from HM Coroners and from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the General Register Offices for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Download VSA Report 22: Trends in Death Associated with Abuse of Volatile Substances 1971-2007

Monday, June 29, 2009

VSA News from June

Hello again, and thanks for taking a few moments to have a look at more headlines from around the world featuring volatile substance abuse.

Teens OK after huffing carbon dioxide
KTAK - Riverton, WY, USA They were huffing Dust-Off. That means they were inhaling carbon dioxide from the can of a cleaner used to remove dust from computers...

Police: Man found in mechanic's shop died "huffing" freon
Lufkin Daily News - Lufkin, TX, USA By JESSICA COOLEY A man found dead inside a mechanic shop Monday morning had apparently been inhaling freon, a substance abuse process known as "huffing. ...

Oenpelli tackles petrol sniffing problem
ABC Online - AustraliaShire chief executive, Mark Griffioen, says the community is meeting to decide on a proposed volatile substance abuse management plan that includes the ...

Playing Russian roulette: Officials say inhalant abuse poses ...
Lufkin Daily News - Lufkin, TX, USA By JESSICA COOLEY Earlier this week a Lufkin man found dead with a trash bag over his head apparently after "huffing" Freon became one of 125 ...

Fargo man sentenced for downtown accident
In-Forum - Fargo, ND, USA Ronald Eugene Willis told police he was huffing dust remover before the accident, according to Cass County District Court documents. ...

Girl, 14, dies after sniffing aerosol can
The West Australian - Perth, Western Australia, Australia A Kununurra girl has died in hospital four days after being found unconscious from sniffing aerosol fumes. Kununurra Acting Sen. ...

Aerosol-related deaths uncommon: Police
ABC Online - Australia Police in Western Australia say aerosol sniffing is not common in the Kimberley region, despite the death of a girl from Kununurra on the weekend. ...

Dangers of Huffing
NTV - Kearney, NE, USA Stalker said it's often kids who seek help for huffing. "A lot of them are even 12, not even teens yet or younger when they start this and then they'll move ...

BBFC announces new guidelines
Digital Spy - UK The board has tightened the 12/12A categories with regards to horror and crude sexual references, while solvent abuse has been specified as a classification ...

Burnley man died after sniffing butane gas
Lancashire Telegraph - Blackburn, England, UK But Mr Gorton, 25, of Lyndhurst Road, returned to sniffing butane shortly before his death on February 19. His mother Carol Duckworth told the inquest that ...

GI man faces motor vehicle homicide charges
KHAS-TV - Hastings, NE, USA(6/23/2009) By Anthony Pura - Investigators in Grand Island believe a man may have been "Huffing" when he crashed his truck killing an elderly woman. ...

Midcoast prevention success gains national attention
VillageSoup Belfast - Belfast,ME,USAInhalant abuse in the Midcoast has become a critical issue – according to the 2006 ... Of those teens who die each year from inhalants, 40 percent die...

Lawmaker: Ban 'Whippets' Sales To Minors
KCRA.com - Sacramento, CA, USA The inhalant has shown to cause death from cardiac arrest or asphyxiation and has been tied to Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome, according to a news...

Petrol sniffer's death at home raises alarm
The Australian - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia His parents, Elijah and Daisy, say Alfaus was weak from the effects of petrol sniffing, a habit they believed he had kicked. Others around Gunbalanya ...

One out of every 10 students is a drug addict
The News International - Karachi, Pakistan Over 40000 street children are involved in solvent substance abuse in merely four major cities of the country namely Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and the twin ...

Petrol sniffing: plan to punish roadhouses
ABC Online - Australia The Senate committee report has identified 10 sites in and around the region covered by the Government's petrol sniffing strategy that do not stock Opal ...

New petrol sniffing scare
The West Australian - Perth, Western Australia, Australia He said yesterday his Halls Creek counselling service was called in last month to help deal with an outbreak of sniffing by a group aged nine to 13. ...

Crime Branch holds seminar on World Anti-Narcotics Day
Rising Kashmir - Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India “Consumption of cannabis and volatile substances like correction fluid is alarming which is often found among young school children,” the findings reveal. ...

Burglar next door jailed for 2 years
Cambridge Evening News - Cambridge, England, UK James Earle, defending for Payne, said he had an "unhappy history of care and a fragmented family", adding that he had been involved in solvent abuse from ...

Street urchins sniffing glue
The Daily Star - Dhaka, Bangladesh Rag picker Badsha who is not even a teenager, sniffs glue on the railway lines in Karwan Bazar in the capital while a few other children do the same not far ...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

VSA News updates from around the world

Missing freon in Norfolk, Virginia...Dust Off huffing death in California...glue sniffing in Lincolnshire...

Just some of the news items involving volatile substance abuse over the last few weeks. VSA continues to cause suffering across all areas of society around the world.

Thanks for taking a moment to look at some of these stories.

Freon removed from AC units at Va. Beach apartment complex
WVEC.com (subscription) - Norfolk, VA, USA Air conditioning experts say the Freon could have been taken and used for huffing. If you know anything about these cases, call Crime Solvers at ...

Teens Are 'Huffing' to Get High
KYW1060.com - Philadelphia, PA, USA Another major issue is a problem called huffing. This has rapidly become a popular method for teens to get high but there are many dangers, including brain ...

Teen in debt commits suicide
Straits Times - Singapore By Elena Chong & Jessica Lim AN 18-YEAR-OLD school dropout, in debt from sports betting, fell 13 floors to his death after sniffing glue with his friend. ...

Coroner: Cal State students death was due to huffing
Bakersfield Californian - Bakersfield, CA, USA A huffing death at Cal State Bakersfield has revived a publicly dormant issue in Kern County. Coroner officials confirmed Friday that the March 27 death of ...

Driver crashes three times
Gary Post Tribune - Gary, IN, USA Marshall allegedly told police he had been at a home on Evans Avenue where at least six people were huffing dust remover. He denied huffing it himself but ...

Glue sniffing puts play areas out of bounds
Market Rasen Today - Market Rasen, England, UK GLUE sniffing and other drug abuse in Market Rasen is affecting small children is has emerged, by leaving play areas unusable and out of bounds. ...

Petrol sniffing linked to crime in Oenpelli
ABC Online - Australia The Darwin Magistrates Court has heard a culture of petrol sniffing and property crime has grown amongst young people in a remote Northern Territory ...

Monday, June 01, 2009

Volatile substance abuse news from May 2009

Please take a moment to have a look at these recent links to news items featuring volatile substance abuse.

Service station praised for curbing petrol sniffing
ABC Online - Australia The Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service has congratulated a remote service station on its response to petrol sniffing at a nearby Aboriginal community. ...

Review of The Unloved
Communitycare.co.uk - Sutton, UK Life in the children's home is harsh and Morton does not flinch from showing sexual abuse, violence and solvent misuse. Morton admits she was inspired by ...

Whip-its, no laughing matter
Petoskey News-Review - Petoskey, MI, USA “Nitrous oxide is not a safe inhalant when it is not being administered by medical ... “Huffing any of the commonly abused inhalants can cause sudden death. ...

Rapid City Mother Facing Child Abuse Charges
KOTA - Rapid City, SD, USA A Rapid City woman is facing felony child abuse charges for huffing computer cleaner near her three young children. Marcella Dubray was arrested last month ...

North Myrtle Beach man charged with tampering with AC units ...
Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach, SC, USA A 28-year-old man was arrested for tampering with AC units and huffing freon from them days after his roommate reported him missing, according to a North ...

Family Talks Of Teen's Tragic Huffing Death
WSOCtv.com - Charlotte, NC, USA Cooper said Moree later admitted huffing gasoline for a cheap, quick high. She immediately took him to counseling. Two weeks later, he spent the night at ...

Kidnap Suspect Has History Of Huffing
WTVC - Chattanooga, TN, USA We researched Jeremy Mizell's past and learned of his addiction to huffing gasoline. Mizell remains in jail with a one million dollar bond, charged with ...

Warning after Huddersfield man dies sniffing lighter fuel
Huddersfield Examiner - Huddersfield, UK A CORONER has warned of the dangers of inhaling lighter fuel after hearing how butane gas claimed the life of a Huddersfield man. An inquest heard how Adam ...

Cause of woman's death released
Valley Sun - La CaƱada Flintridge, CA, USA Cans of compressed gas is often used in inhalant abuse, or huffing. It is the purposeful inhalation of chemical vapors to achieve an altered mental or ...

Cause for concern: Drug, substance abuse catching them younger in city
Expressindia.com - New Delhi, India It's very difficult to quote an exact figure pertaining to the number of total cases, but substance abuse, mostly sniffing correction/white fluid and ...

Jail inmates caught with paint thinner in Eagle County
Vail Daily News - Vail, CO, USA Four inmates confessed to sniffing the paint thinner to get high, police said. The inside of the detention facility was being painted at the time of the ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Employment opportunities with Re-Solv


Re-Solv – The Society for the Prevention of Solvent and
Volatile Substance Abuse

Re-Solv has the following two employment opportunities available:

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

The post is initially for 2 years

An extension will depend on availability of funding.

Applicants will preferably have relevant strategic management
and demonstrable training delivery. Driving licence essential.

Location : Nottingham
Salary : £19,000 per annum
Closing date : 1st June 2009
Interviews will take place on 11th June 2009



PROJECT COORDINATOR
for Scotland

21 hours per week (hours to be agreed)
The post is initially for 2 years
with a possible 3rd year extension

Applicants will preferably have project management experience
and a knowledge of the substance misuse field in Scotland.

Location : Lothian
Salary : £19,500 per annum pro rata
Closing date : 8th June 2009
Interviews will take place 16th June 2009


For further details regarding either of these posts please send an email to:
office@re-solv.org
or ring 01785 817885

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

VSA news from around the world

Please see the links below to global VSA news stories from the last two weeks. Petrol sniffing issues in Australia, glue sniffing in Malaysia and VSA influenced crime in the USA - Volatile substance abuse continues to cause untold amounts of grief and suffering. Just have a look at the first story on the list, about a mother in Scotland who lost her son to aerosol abuse...


Mum warns parents of danger after son dies from sniffing aerosol
Glasgow Sunday Mail - UK - A GRIEVING mum whose son died from sniffing an aerosol has warned parents about the killer lurking in their cupboards. Elaine Dorans lost Scott, 22, ...

Isa substance sniffing worries welfare groups
ABC Online - Australia By Penny Timms - Welfare groups are concerned about the number of young people sniffing volatile substances in Mount Isa in north-west Queensland. ...

CAP: Make glue sniffing an offence
New Straits Times - Persekutuan, Malaysia GEORGE TOWN - The Consumers' Association of Penang has called on the government to make glue sniffing an offence. Its president SM Mohamed Idris said this ...

Man Accused Of Beating, Burning Woman And Kids
WBAL TV - Baltimore, MD, USA - There was evidence that he had been huffing gasoline, Melser reported. Sickle and her children were taken to Carroll Hospital Center with ...

Teens ill after sniffing lpg
Otago Daily Times - Dunedin, New Zealand By Glenn Conway on Sat, 25 Apr 2009 - Police in Balclutha say two young people were lucky not to have died after sniffing liquefied petroleum gas (lpg) ...

Robeson County deputies investigate two bodies found over the weekend
South Carolina Now - South Carolina, USA - Branch says he died from huffing butane gas from cigarette lighters. But the death is ruled “accidental.“ On Sunday, investigators responded to a call about ...

Authorities Catch Woman Allegedly Stealing, Huffing
NBC4i.com - Columbus, OH, USA - A city prosecutor says a Gahanna woman accused of stealing cans of gas duster or canned air was huffing while she was shoplifting the items. ...

Teen inhalant abuse prevention urged
Examiner.com - USA - A new study of teen inhalant abuse suggests a need for more prevention and treatment efforts, showing that nearly 1 million youth in the US used some kind ...

Solvent death alert for 'first timers'
Leigh Today - Leigh, England, UK - Anyone thinking about abusing solvents or who knows of any young person who is thinking about or has already abused volatile substances, should ring the ...

Sask. man jailed after third manslaughter conviction
Calgary Herald - AB, Canada - By age nine he was sniffing solvents. Four years later, he had stopped sniffing and started pulling break-ins. He had his first manslaughter conviction at ...

Director puts petrol sniffing centre stage
The West Australian - Perth, Western Australia, Australia - A low-budget film highlighting the effects of petrol sniffing on Aboriginal communities looks set to reach an international audience after getting rave ...