Thursday, October 14, 2010

VSA Headlines: October

Opening in the US this month is the controversial film Samson and Delilah, written and directed by Warwick Thornton. If you missed it when it opened in the UK in March, it tells the story of, in the words of Germaine Greer: "an Aboriginal boy who sniffs petrol, and an Aboriginal girl who doesn't." You can read her full article, What a petrol-sniffing Aboriginal boy tells us about Australia today or watch the film's trailer here.

US

Crash that killed two may have been caused by "huffing" (Virginia): Blood tests determined that a Waynesboro man who caused a fatal May wreck on Interstate 64 — taking his life and killing a Tennessee man — was probably unconscious prior to the crash because of inhalant abuse.

Suspected 'huffer' caused crash that killed Pemberton father (New Jersey): A crash on Route 38 that killed a Pemberton Township father in March was caused by the other driver huffing aerosol propellant just before the accident, authorities said today.

As always, a host of driving accidents were reported, many involving teenagers, including one in Greenwood Arkansas and two in Chadron Nebraska, Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

AUSTRALIA

Kids turn to glue sniffing (Queensland): Young people unable to buy aerosols are turning to a popular clear sealant product to get high.

INDIA

Kids addicted to whitener sniffing (Kakinada): Apart from most deprived children living on the streets, even schoolchildren and college going students are said to be addicted to sniffing this liquid substance.

BHUTAN

Pot’s on top: Marijuana still remains the most abused controlled substance in Bhutan. However, they are seeing a decline in the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs and solvents.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prince Harry N2O press release


Re-Solv has released the following press release after reports that Prince Harry was spotted inhaling nitrous oxide.




PRESS RELEASE
21st September 2010

Last laugh for Prince Harry?

Prince Harry has been spotted inhaling laughing gas while partying in London. It’s seemingly no big deal: it’s legal, lots of people do it – does it matter?

“Yes,” says Stephen Ream, Director of national charity, Re-Solv. “Laughing gas – nitrous oxide – is one of a number of volatile substances that kill recreational users every year.”

In fact, in the last decade, volatile substance abuse (VSA) has killed more young people under the age of 15 than all illegal drugs combined. The problem is so great that the International Centre for Drug Policy (ICDP) at St George’s, University of London is commissioned to track the number of deaths and publish annually the report Trends in UK deaths associated with abuse of volatile substances.

Education and prevention work by organisations such as Re-Solv have led to a fall in the number of deaths, but VSA continues to be the most common form of drug use among 11-13 year-olds and second only to cannabis by the age of 15.

“It’s important to realise that ‘legal’ does not mean ‘safe’ when it comes to substance misuse,” says Ream. “It is unfortunate, then, when someone as influential as Prince Harry inadvertently promotes this kind of legal high.”

Monday, September 20, 2010

VSA Headlines: August / September

The past week has been dominated by the story of Prince Harry inhaling nitrous oxide. Re-Solv's press release in response to the story is reprinted below this month's international headlines.

UK

Asthmatic died after inhaling 'poppers': A Weston man with chronic asthma died after inhaling 'poppers', an inquest heard.

Big fine after fuel sold to teenager (Kettering): A shopkeeper has been fined more than £900 after he admitted selling lighter fluid to a 14-year-old girl.

Action call after claims that drugs and glue sniffing are 'ruining' Churchdown (Gloucester): Residents have called for action after drug taking and glue sniffing in Churchdown.

USA

Father warns parents after son died from 'huffing (Gilbert, Arizona): It has been less than two weeks since he found his son dead, now a Gilbert father hopes others will learn from his son's fatal mistake.

Red Bluff teen was huffing before he drowned (Red Bluff, California): A Red Bluff teen who drowned last month was huffing while he was swimming, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office reported today.

Tests show Nebraska boy died from inhaling gas fumes (Elm Creek, Nebraska): Toxicology tests show that a 12-year-old boy who died this summer in south-central Nebraska had inhaled gasoline fumes.

Boy's death caused by butane (Yigo, Guam): A teenager who was found dead in Yigo on Labor Day suffocated after inhaling butane in an attempt to get high, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola said yesterday.

Marshall man crashes his car after huffing (Wabash Valley, Illinois): While in route to Carle Hospital, Lake told emergency personnel he had been huffing.

SAFE recognized for reducing inhalant use (Chesterfield County, Virginia): In 2005, SAFE made it a priority to reduce the use of inhalants among young people. Armed with survey data from that year indicating that eighth-graders were using inhalants at twice the national average, the coalition developed an ambitious plan to educate the community about the then little-known issue.

Murphy touts passage of inhalant bill: Representative Charley Murphy hailed House passage of a bill which provides a critical treatment option to a growing number of Massachusetts families who suffer the destructive effects of inhalant abuse.

There have also been a range of arrests for huffing, including two separate instances in Texas where vulnerable children have been removed from the care of parents engaged in paint huffing. Stories of teens arrested for driving while inhaling came from Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin, while a charge of manslaughter has been made against a teen in North Carolina. Finally, concern has been expressed by police in Indiana that minors are breaking into air conditioning units to huff freon.

Mexico

Mexico's poorest addicts turn to cheap inhalants: Despite the tons of narcotics moving through Mexico, inhalants remain the drug of choice for many Mexicans, offering a stark lesson in the economics of addiction even as the country wages a bloody battle against drug cartels.

Australia


Teen sniffer's lonely death: So brain-damaged by petrol sniffing, he could no longer talk, just grunt and stare glazed into the distance. The death of this young petrol sniffer in Western Australia has sparked calls for new laws that would force people into rehabilitation.

Rape accused inhaled solvents: A man who allegedly took a woman to a construction site in Perth's CBD and sexually assaulted her had inhaled some solvents, a court has heard.

Israel

Cousins die after inhaling laughing gas: The senseless deaths of two 18-year-old cousins after inhaling laughing gas from a stolen cylinder has shocked local communities in the Kiryat Malachi area.

Fiji
Government to control dangerous substance sale: Cabinet has approved the development of the Substance Abuse Decree to control the sale and supply of, legal but dangerous substances over shop counters.

Singapore

Singapore Reports Drug Seizures Up In First Half Of 2010: The inhalant abuse situation in the first half of 2010 registered an improvement compared to the same period last year.

India

Substance abuse high among ragpickers: HUBLI: Begging children and ragpickers here have now found a new way to be intoxicated -by inhaling Kores-Eraz-ex, a fluid used to erase/ whiten the mistakes on documents.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

VSA Headlines: July / August

Thank you for keeping in touch with Re-Solv where, this month, we are pleased to bring you news of the appointment of our new Director, Stephen Ream.

PRESS RELEASE
24/8/10

Stories surrounding legal highs may have provided shock headlines in recent months, but the issue is hardly new for Stephen Ream, recently appointed Director of national charity, Re-Solv.

“Re-Solv has been working in the drugs prevention field for 25 years, beginning with the glue-sniffing epidemic of the 1980s” says Ream, formerly Re-Solv’s Information Officer. “Today the biggest challenge is the misuse of aerosols, butane cigarette lighter refills and petrol. It’s known as ‘volatile substance abuse’ or ‘VSA’ and in the past decade alone, it has killed more young people under the age of 15 than all other illegal drugs combined.”

Thanks to years of preventative work, Re-Solv has played a major part in bringing down the number of deaths caused by this kind of legal high, but on average there is still a death a week in the UK. A father of four – and soon to be five - Ream says he is particularly concerned that Re-Solv helps raise awareness among young people about the risks involved in VSA. “Unlike other drugs, VSA can kill instantly and without warning, and there is no way to avoid this risk. Every year it kills young people who are trying VSA for the first time, and it kills people who engage in it regularly. You can think of it as a kind of Russian roulette.”

Last month’s NHS report into smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England justifies Ream’s concerns. It confirms that when children aged 13 or younger first experiment with drugs, they are most likely to engage in VSA. Among the wider 11-15 year-old age group, VSA is second only to cannabis.

This is why, despite the tough economic climate for charities, Ream is confident that Re-Solv’s good work will continue. “We’ve weathered 25 years,” he smiles, “but, more importantly, there is still a great need for the kind of work we do. We may have started out as a charity combating glue-sniffing, but the landscape of legal drug misuse changes, and we’ve adapted with it.” [End]

VSA HEADLINES

Here in the UK we are saddened to hear of the death of another young girl from butane gas. 15-year-old Holly Fletcher died in Shildon, County Durham last September. Coroner Andrew Tweddle said: “If there is anything good to come from this then it might just trigger someone else’s mind to think that this is not a good idea." Holly's mother later issued a warning to other teenagers about the deadly effects of solvent abuse and urged them to stay away from drugs.

UK

Mum’s plea after 15-year-old dies sniffing lighter fuel: Bishop Auckland News. A mother whose teenage daughter died after inhaling lighter fuel last night warned other youngsters of the dangers posed by solvent abuse.

Inquest hears of mistake that cost Holly Fletcher her life
: The Journal. A grieving mother last night spoke of her “wonderful, fun-loving daughter who made one tragic mistake”.

USA

Drowning ruled accidental, linked to inhaling aerosal product: Corning Observer (California). 19-year-old Sean Siders’ death has been ruled accidental although it also has been linked to his inhaling of an aerosol product not long before his death.

Man accused of huffing before buggy crash death
: Wausau Daily Herald (Wisconsin). A 50-year-old man accused of inhaling from an aerosol can shortly before he crashed into an Amish buggy — killing an infant — was sentenced today to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Local Officials Behind New Huffing Law: WSIL TV (Southern Illinois). A new law backed by local legislators and prosecutors brings stiffer penalties to those who huff chemicals.

DUBAI

Substance abuse risk warning: Police and health workers yesterday issued a stark warning of the dangers of substance abuse after the death of a teenage boy at a party.

Dubai Police to crack down on butane abuse: An intensive campaign will be launched to curb this new problem in Dubai where minors are found to be inhaling lethal gas such as butane to get high.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

VSA headlines - 2 more UK teenage deaths

Thank you for keeping in touch with the headlines relating to VSA from around the world.

Here in the UK Re-Solv is dismayed to have to report two more volatile substance abuse deaths. 15-year-old Darlene Bell died in Newtownards in Northern Ireland on June 7th. Also, an inquest into the death of 16-year-old Zoe Ankers on Christmas day last year in Newcastle has resulted in the Coroner stating that VSA was 'the most likely explanation.' Please have a look at the articles in the links below.

UK

Girl found dead in Ards Belfast Telegraph A spokeswoman at FASA in Bangor said that solvent abuse is a huge killer. One in four people die across the UK after trying it for the first time.

Action urged over death of girl in care Irish Times She died of suspected solvent abuse, thought to be from an aerosol. A postmortem has been conducted. The health and social services trust, ...

Fostering giving many children "a friend for life" BBC News With the death of Darlene Bell - the fifteen-year-old from a care home who died from sniffing solvents in Newtownards - children being cared for by social

Burnley girl, 15, found dead in park Lancashire Telegraph... circumstances surrounding Darlene's death. Tributes have been left by friends at the scene of her death, which is suspected to be related to solvent abuse.

Xmas Day death of Newcastle teenager is a mystery ChronicleLive SOLVENT abuse was the most likely reason a girl of 16 collapsed and died hours after celebrating Christmas, an inquest heard. But exactly what happened in ...

Teenager banned from buying bicycle tire repair kit in case he sniffs the glue Telegraph.co.uk A teenager was refused a repair kit for a punctured bicycle tyre – because staff feared he might sniff the glue inside. Daniel Cottrell was shopping with ...

USA

Salem Man Dies in Apparent 'Huffing' Incident WJBD Online Marion County Deputy Coroner Roger Sutherland says a 38-year-old Salem man has died from apparently huffing from a can of duster used to clean dust from ...

Driver pleads guilty in crash that killed girl San Diego Union Tribune By Dana Littlefield, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER SAN DIEGO COURTS — A 34-year-old man accused of “huffing” vapors from an aerosol can and causing a crash ...

Suffolk Passes Bill to Curb Kids Huffing “Canned Air” Long Island Press By the time teens reach the 8th grade 1 in 5 has used inhalants at least once, ... “Sudden sniffing death (SSD) may result within minutes of inhalant abuse ...

'Don't ever do air duster while driving' Kansas City Star (blog) Huffing from an aerosol can while driving is a new one, though. A man in Highland, Ill., did just that, passed out and crashed into a building, police say. ...

Survey: 27 pct of Hemet 5th-graders drank alcohol San Jose Mercury News Among the other findings, 6 percent used an inhalant such as glue and 5 percent had smoked a cigarette. Nearly 1100 of the fifth-graders responded ...

Southern Illinois Woman Huffs Herself into Coma in Wal-Mart ... Associated Content According to inhalant.org, inhalant abuse is so prevalent that 2.1 million kids between the ages of 12 and 17 have used inhalants to get high. ...

India

White ink keeps addicts on a high Express Buzz Correction fluid inks, also known as whiteners, are now rapidly growing as an addictive inhalant among adolescents. The most dangerous complication that ...

Australia

Fuel ban 'won't help' ntnews.com.au A NUMBER of remote community residents say the banning of unleaded fuel won't fix a sniffing epidemic - just leave them stranded with no petrol.

Teens inhaling lighter fluid The Age He was amazed when about 20 young people staggered on to the Salvos' bus recently after inhaling butane. ''They were all falling over and became aggressive, ...

Petrol sniffing prompts call for local rehab centre ABC Message Stick The chairman of the Ngalia Foundation, Kado Muir, says, despite community efforts, there is still a significant petrol sniffing problem in Leonora. ...

Friday, May 07, 2010

Volatile Substance Abuse - In The News

Hello again from Re-Solv and thanks for keeping up-to-date with current stories in the International press about VSA. We are saddened by the death of 16-year-old Rhianne Wake (see the first UK news story) in Sunderland from butane inhalation (aerosol). This tragic story highlights the continuing problems with VSA here in the UK and shows the desperate need for further education and awareness raising activity.

UK

Schoolgirl, 16, died after sniffing gas Sunderland Echo By Jane O'Neill Promising schoolgirl Rhianne Wake's life was cut tragically short after she experimented with sniffing gas from aerosols. ...

USA


Huffing kills McHenry County teen Chicago Tribune His parents said he had been huffing propane meant to fuel a lantern. He had the receipt for the canister in his pocket. By the time paramedics arrived, ...

Illinois lawmakers looking to stiffen penalties for huffing Bloomington Pantagraph Members of the Criminal Law Committee voted 8-0 to endorse a measure that takes aim at “huffing” — a practice in which paint and other chemicals are inhaled ...

Police: Teens were huffing before Charlotte fatal wreck Charlotte Observer The warrant says they had stolen cans of Dust Remover Spray from a nearby Wal-Mart and inhaled the spray, also known as huffing. They also smoked marijuana ...

In Sigel man's death, driver gets prison term for being under influence of ... Journal Gazette and Times-Courier SHELBYVILLE — A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, reportedly an inhalant, in connection with killing ...


Growing acceptance of marijuana ends up putting teens into rehab center Billings Gazette After marijuana, huffing “canned air” and taking someone else's prescription pills are the most common behaviors that lead kids to the recovery center. ...

ONLY ON 3: Police: Teen huffing before wrecking car WWAY NewsChannel 3 Sgt. Rob Miller says 19-year-old Randi Petrolino and two friends were huffing dust cleaner when they crossed the Wrightsville Beach draw bridge. ...

US Study Finds Teens With Asthma Just As Likely To 'Huff' NASDAQ Inhalant use, or "huffing," can cause breathing problems in otherwise healthy individuals, ... Inhalants are easily accessible and can be highly addictive. ...

Rapids man charged in crash that injured two passengers Wisconsin Rapids Tribune According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 12, Adkins, who was 17 at the time, was with two friends, ages 15 and 17, when they started using an inhalant ...

'No going back' for recovering teen addict Muncie Star Press And then he started huffing, getting high by sniffing cans of air duster, hairspray, bleach, and finally, gasoline. After school he'd come home, ...

Inhalant Blamed in Ohio Crash TransWorldNews (press release) Inhalants affect a person by causing slurred speech, dizziness and red, glassy eyes, but they can be harder to detect because many inhalants do not have an ...

Man gets up to three months in prison for Millcreek explosion GoErie.com A Millcreek Township man has been sentenced to serve one to three months in the Erie County Prison for blowing up his home while huffing propane last summer ...

Australia

NT Govt failing petrol sniffers: Mills ABC Local... go back to his community on the condition he attends volatile substance rehabilitation, but only if space at the rehabilitation centre became available. ...

Ban to end sniffingntnews.com.auA TOP END community is set to succeed in banning unleaded petrol to stop people sniffing. Breaches of Gunbalanya's plan could see people fined up to $13000 ...

Saudi Arabia

Glue addiction on the rise Arab News Solvent abuse is gaining momentum in view of how cheap it is and its ... Solvent abuse is dangerous and users have in some cases died from a lack of oxygen, ...

Israel

Teen dies after sniffing glue with friends at youth village Ha'aretzBy Fadi Eyadat and Eli Ashkenazi A teenager was found dead in a Kiryat Tivon boarding school yesterday after apparently sniffing glue. ...

Malaysia

Filipino addict's last sniff Daily Express "He may have been sniffing glue before falling into the drain and drowned É but we have to wait for the hospital report before we can give any further ...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

VSA news for March and April

VSA news and opinions from around the world, including Germaine Greer on the Australian film Samson and Delilah.

UK

What a petrol-sniffing Aboriginal boy tells us about Australia today The Guardian It's a film about an Aboriginal boy who sniffs petrol, and an Aboriginal girl who doesn't. He loves her, as well as he can, given his usual state of ...

Young people risking their lives on solvents in Daventry Daventry Express Items including used aerosol cans, bags for sniffing solvents and evidence of people taking heroin were discovered on a path on Borough Hill. e Daventry ...

Lyme Regis: Police warn teenagers over 'legal' drug highs Bridport News Teenagers have been inhaling laughing gas – a legal drug – from small canisters, using balloons and plastic bags to cause hallucinations and euphoria. ...
USA

Woman pleads guilty to huffing near children Amarillo.com A woman accused of huffing aerosol hair spray in her vehicle while two children were in the back seat has pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering a ...

Tips for spotting 'huffing' Great Dad A recent study found that the use of sniffing common household chemicals, called "huffing," in order to get high is on the rise. Medical experts say some ...

Driver passes out at traffic light, arrested for 'huffing' behind the wheel in ... Daily Press While stopped at the light, several other motorists saw the man apparently "huffing" something from a can and saw him pass out behind the wheel, ...

Alliance For Consumer Education Will Take The Mound Against ... OurSports Central (press release) The latest national data reveals more 12-year olds are using inhalants than ... The "Striking Out Inhalant Abuse" program, now in its second year, ...

"Huffing" incident leads to charges Hastings Star Gazette At the time, police allege he was under the influence due to “huffing,” a practice of sniffing chemicals to get high. One of the passengers in the Usachev ...

Dangerous 'rite of passage' for teenagers Times Herald-Record While teenagers smoking marijuana or their nonmedical use of prescription drugs have drawn the most attention of late, inhaling common household products ...

Huffing May Be Cause Of Single-Car Crash Near Mansfield 10TV The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition said up to 125 deaths annually are blamed on inhalants, including aerosol cans. Inhaling fumes can cause brain ...

Police: Four students assaulted boy for promoting 'huffing' Columbus Local News (registration)Four students from Westerville South High School were arrested following an attack on another student they claim got others hooked on "huffing" Air Duster. ...

Canned addiction: Huffing isn't just a way kids get high anymore Naples Daily News Known as huffing, sniffing, bagging or dusting, experts say inhalants and other household products are most commonly abused by teenagers — 3.9 percent of ...

How To Launch A Nationwide Drug Menace Huffington Post (blog) Last week, the media was filled with headlines like "Sniffing Trumps Weed for 12 Year Olds," (CBS) and "Inhalant Abuse a Deadly Middle-School Concern," (US ...

Tama County moves toward outlawing 'huffing' DesMoines Register.com Tama County is moving ahead with an ordinance banning huffing, which involves inhaling everyday products from paint thinner to canned whipped cream to get ...

QATAR

Street children living on edge of addiction Gulf Times Furthermore, sheltering in the streets they are not safe because they are into smoking cigarettes, sniffing glue or dendrite that intoxicates them. ...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

VSA in the headlines - March

"...yet only 66 percent of teens report that "sniffing or huffing things to get high can kill you," significantly less than the 70 percent of teens who agreed just last year. Inhalant abuse merits careful monitoring – as attitudes towards inhalant abuse weaken, abuse is more likely to increase." - from a recent American national study.

UK

Girl brute 19, caged for 6 yrs The Sun Roxanne Preston, 19, had been boozing and inhaling aerosol gas before attacking office worker Paul Mullaney, 44, outside a takeaway. ...

Man stabbed victim to death over sex assault claim BBC News The court heard that Allen, from Glenarm Avenue, Portrush, had been high on drink, drugs and solvents when he carried out the killing. ...

Brighton and Hove children admit to drink and drugs The Argus.co.uk One in six youngsters questioned in a survey of Brighton and Hove pupils said they frequently abused alcohol, drugs or volatile substances, such as glue. ...

IRELAND

Independent group review of boy's 2003 death sought Irish Times THE GRANDMOTHER of a boy aged 16 who died after inhaling butane gas just 15 metres from the North Eastern Health Board children's home he was sent to live ...

USA

Cause for Concern: National Study Shows Reversal in Decade-Long Declines in ... PR Newswire (press release) Teen inhalant use remains steady at 10 percent for past year use, yet only 66 percent of teens report that "sniffing or huffing things to get high can kill ...

Huffing: an old danger rediscovered by youth Ottumwa Courier By MARK NEWMAN, Courier staff writer School-aged children across the country have rediscovered an old danger: “huffing” in certain chemicals causes a ...

Millcreek man pleads guilty to igniting house explosion GoErie.com A Millcreek Township man admitted this morning in Erie County Court that he blew up his home while huffing propane last summer. ...

The Deadly Drugs under Your Nose Officer.com His 14 year old son, Kyle, had died from the effects of inhaling the contents of a can of Dust-Off. His wife, Kathy, is a nurse. ...

'Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome' on the rise as young teens turn to inhalants ... New York Daily News Just one sniff of an inhalant can be enough to stop a teenager's heart - an event that's become known as “Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. ...

Short Notice Picket The Drug Abuse Warning Network Medical Examiner stated that inhalant abuse contributed to more than 500 deaths in the US from '96 to '99. ...

Inhalant Abuse a Deadly Middle-School Concern BusinessWeek THURSDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- More 12-year-olds have used inhalants to get high than marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens combined, ...


AUSTRALIA

Petrol sniffing the target in Opal roll-out ABC Online The roll-out of Opal is intended to reduce the incidence of petrol sniffing in the region. (ABC News/Cathy Harper) The Federal Government has announced ...

ISRAEL

20% of 14-year-olds admit to inhaling industrial chemicals Jerusalem Post By YAAKOV LAPPIN Police are powerless to stop youths from inhaling industrial chemicals, and parents must be on the lookout for the signs of such “legal ...

SINGAPORE

Glue sniffer's death: Misadventure Straits Times Mr Sia Lian Heng's death from multi-organ failure syndrome due to heart failure was contributed by inhalant toluene abuse. The 34-year-old was arrested at ...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February VSA headlines

Please take a few moments to read the headline VSA news for the last four weeks. These include an article about the death of a young mother in Cardiff; VSA concerns in Scotland; A speech delivered at Re-Solv's 25th anniversary celebrations; and a variety of news items from around the world.

UK

Cardiff mother, 15, died after inhaling lighter fluid BBC News A 15-year-old mother died after sniffing lighter fluid, an inquest in Cardiff has heard. Hasina Jenkins, from Gabalfa, Cardiff, had a heart attack after ...

Mum of lighter fluid death teen speaks out Wales Online And an inquest heard this week how she suffered a heart attack after inhaling lighter fluid in her boyfriend's home. Her heartbroken mum said she had no ...

Death speech touches MP Peterborough Today By Asha Mehta A HEART-RENDING speech made by a Peterborough man whose life was torn apart after losing his fun-loving son to solvent abuse 10 years ago is ...

Thieves raided flat hours after drug user died Stoke & Staffordshire Matthew Potts died at neighbour Christopher McKie's Chesterton flat after using heroin and butane gas, as well as drinking cider. ...

Eastwood pupils in the know about drugs Eastwood Advertiser The DARE project (Drugs, Abuse, Resistance, Education) is a ten-week course looking at the dangers of drugs, smoking, solvents and peer pressure. ...

Jogger raises concerns over Braes drivers sniffing gas The Paisley Daily Express IDIOTIC motorists are putting lives at risk by inhaling potentially deadly lighter gas and then getting behind the wheel in Paisley. ...

Drug addicts 'need a drop-in centre' Belfast Telegraph... Ards, Enniskillen, Banbridge and east Antrim have been identified. Over a fifth of youths, aged 11-16, have used illegal drugs or solvents.

Concern over solvent abuse at Fraserburgh Aberdeen Press and Journal He said: “Solvent abuse, no matter where it takes place, is a concern. “But it is especially disturbing when it's within school grounds, because they are ...

Kids see mum sniff 12 gas cans a day The Sun By LUCY CONNOLLY A PATHETIC mother has admitted sniffing 12 cans of lighter fuel A DAY in front of her distraught children. Jobless Sindy also inhaled ...

Ex-drug user shares his story on new blog The Star Mark, who grew up in Rossington, was aged just 10 when he started using solvents and within a year was smoking cannabis. Kicked out of two schools, ...

Group tackling teen solvent use. South Wales Evening Post A GROUP which helps teenagers with solvent abuse in the Gwendraeth Valley has been praised — but more still needs to be done. Children as young as 13 have ...

Republic of Ireland

Nearly 22% of Children Abuse Inhalants by 8th Grade eMaxHealth Within minutes of inhaling a substance, the user experiencs intoxication, similar to the feelings one gets when drinking alcohol. ...

USA

Illinois officials want harsher penalties for huffers Bloomington Pantagraph Williamson County Assistant State's Attorney Ryan Hall said he sees the same handful of people being caught by police for what is known as "huffing" -- a ...


Sheriff: Suspect in Willits casino arson under influence of solvent Santa Rosa Press Democrat Gerald Simpson, 40, was so intoxicated from apparently inhaling toluene that he could not answer questions or walk without assistance when deputies arrived ...

ACE Launches Multimedia Campaign to Support Inhalant.org and the ... Business Wire (press release) “Allison, her mother and her sister Sue all provide their heartfelt messages to parents and teenagers about the danger of inhalants and the hope for ...

Dothan wrongful death lawsuit set for April trial date Dothan Eagle Prosecutors convicted Farmer of the murder charge because she was under the influence of an inhalant after she'd apparently been “huffing” in the car. ...

Early drug use problems: Kids, inhalants, and huffing Psychology Today When it comes to drug use problems, inhalants are often the first drugs that young children decide to experiment with. The habit is often called huffing. ...

Grand Forks man pleads guilty to assault and huffing Grand Forks Herald Christopher Storey, 20, was given credit for time served and ordered to a year of supervised probation for huffing butane and assaulting his grandfather ...


Nearly 22% of Children Abuse Inhalants by 8th Grade eMaxHealth Within minutes of inhaling a substance, the user experiencs intoxication, similar to the feelings one gets when drinking alcohol. ...

Man gets 18-20 for fatal wreckCasper Star-Tribune OnlineBreazeale's then-girlfriend was in the pickup at the time and testified during his trial that he passed out after huffing one of the cans to get high in the ...

Australia



Petrol Laws Allow for Treatment of Dangerous Substance Abuse Problem TestCountry.com (blog)The Northern Territory Government approved changes to the Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act, which is aimed at identifying and treating young people ...

Girls caught sniffing deoderant Mackay Daily Mercury ONLY two days into the school year and three youths were caught sniffing deodorant in the City Heart. On Thursday one of Wallace and Wallace Lawyers partner ...

New Zealand

Petrol-sniffing child burned New Zealand Herald By Kara Segedin A petrol-sniffing 12-year-old was seriously injured and a woman is dead after two separate fires in Manukau last night. ...

Second death in 24 hours involving inhalants Otago Daily Times In a paper he co-wrote on the topic for The New Zealand Medical Journal, it was noted "inhalant abuse was a persisting problem in New Zealand". ...

Death in South Dunedin not suspicious Channel 9 It is believed the death of a young Dunedin man may have been the result of inhaling LPG gas last night with a group of friends. At about 12.10 this morning ...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Re-Solv 15% off resources sale!

Re-Solv is offering a 15% reduction (25% to members) on all bulk orders over £100 on all our professional and educational resource materials and VSA training throughout February. This offer includes bestselling titles such as our YOUTH WORKER’S ACTIVITIES PACK, TOXIC AGENTS, and our popular CUPBOARD leaflet for parents and carers. Full information about all our publications is available at: http://www.re-solv.org/publications.asp.

If you are looking to replenish your stock of VSA materials, or are interested in booking professional training on volatile substance abuse, please take advantage of this offer by visiting http://www.re-solv.org/publications.asp, or contact our Information Officer, Steve Ream, directly on 01785 817885, or by email: information@re-solv.org.

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

VSA headlines from January

Hello again from Re-Solv and thanks for staying up-to-date with the latest headlines from around the world involving incidences of volatile substance abuse. The first article details a tragic accidental death in Derbyshire involving a butane camping lamp, and the articles from the USA continue the steady stream of incidents involving people abusing aerosols whilst driving.

Thank you for your continued support.

UK

Warning leaflet call after gas lamp death The Star He was lying beside a portable Campingaz 'Lumostar' lamp, with an empty butane canister. The inquest heard the lamp's glass shade was fitted incorrectly and ...

Not enough people complain says trading standards chief Tewkesbury ADMAG NOT enough people in Worcestershire complain about illegal sales of alcohol, tobacco and solvents to youngsters, according to a trading standards chief. ...

USA

Police: Huffing can ruin lives Brainerd Daily Dispatch Commonly called huffing, inhalant abuse is the purposeful inhalation of chemical vapors to achieve an altered mental or physical state. ...

Alleged paint huffer arrested again MyABC50.com It's at least the fourth "huffing" arrest for 38 year old Kevin Bunke of Lyons Falls. Sheriff's deputies were called to Lyons Falls late New Year's eve by a ...

Riverside teen's death prompts helium warning Press-Enterprise The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition says on its Web site, www.inhalants.org, that inhaling, or huffing, any gas or volatile compound is like playing ...

Inform kids of dangers related to inhalants Jackson Clarion Ledger Did your conversation include the dangers of inhalants? In case the topic was omitted, it's worth a double-take. Inhalants come in a variety of forms ...

Macungie man nearly hits police car as he huffs fumes, officers say Allentown Morning Call A Macungie motorist nearly hit a police car as he huffed fumes from a can of dust remover while driving on a Lower Macungie Township road, police said. ...

Driver crashes through Chula Vista backyards San Diego Union Tribune CHULA VISTA — A driver suspected of huffing aerosol from a can crashed through two Chula Vista backyards Tuesday evening before coming to rest in a third, ...

Mom Who Huffed While Driving Stays In Jail WSMV A mother convicted of huffing cans of dust cleaner while driving her 6-year-old around west Nashville will remain in jail, despite her plea to be released ...

Closing arguments begin in death penalty trial Record-Searchlight Varner began “huffing” inhalants when he was only about 10 years old to escape from his bleak and troubled life, he said. “You are the last chance” to ...

APD officer accused of abusing inhalantKVUEby KVUE News An Austin police officer was placed on restrictive duty after he was arrested and charged with abuse of an inhalant. Officer Craig Martin was ...

Man apologizes for killing 83-year-old woman KHAS-TV Police said Martinez was huffing at the time. When asked if he had anything to say, Martinez said he did. He apologized to family members, ...

Crimetracker: The Dangers of "Dusting" ABC 4 Murdock has seen the grim results of teenagers “sniffing,” “huffing,” and “bagging,” all names for various ways users ingest household chemicals to get a ...

Canada

First Nation has history of violent deathsWinnipeg Free PressSuicides, solvent abuse and violence have dominated headlines about the remote northern reserve, a fly-in community on the north shore of Gods River, ...

New Zealand

Young addict locked up Taranaki Daily News The youth also had a solvent abuse habit, Mrs Yates said. The youth's lawyer, Patrick Mooney, said his client denied the arson. ...