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. ...