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.

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.”