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:


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

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:
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 - 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 - 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 ...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Solvent abuse on the rise in Wigan

01 May 2009

Solvent abuse among Wigan teenagers is rising alarmingly.
And worried substance abuse workers say young people – most of them between 11 and 16 – seem unaware that even first time users are at risk of instant death from inhaling solvents.
Sniffing gases, glues or aerosols kills at least one person every week in the UK, and in Wigan the number of referrals and requests for information about Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) has risen significantly this month.
Substance abuse workers in the borough are now trying to raise the public's awareness of the potentially lethal practice.
The substances are commonly found in the home and include aerosols containing deodorants, hairspray, air fresheners, gas lighter refills, cleaning fluids, tins or tubes of glue, surgical spirit, certain paints and thinners, dry cleaning fluids and petroleum products.
Due to the ready availability and low cost of these products, young people are a group particularly at risk from the dangers of abusing the substances.
Siobhan Heaton, manager of Wigan Council's Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAT) team, said: "Young people need to be aware that there is no safe way of abusing solvents, even first time users are at risk of instant death from using them. There is no safe way to do it."
Death can occur due to heart failure and from choking on vomit, and also due to accidents when high or hallucinating."
It is vital that children and young people understand the serious risks involved with abusing solvents."

By Andrew Cooney on