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 ...