Friday, January 28, 2011

VSA Headlines: January 2011

A new year, a new goal to continue the downward trend in the number of deaths caused in the UK from volatile substance abuse. However, the tragic death of 12-year-old Correy Wisdom who did not know the dangers involved in petrol-sniffing, highlights once again the importance of preventative education. Re-Solv continues to campaign for young people to be responsibly taught the facts about VSA so that they can make informed choices.

UK

Petrol fumes killed west Belfast boy: A west Belfast schoolboy who collapsed and died in Falls Park last year had inhaled from a petrol can, an inquest into his death has heard.

USA

Huffing has tragic consequences for area family (Reidland, KY): Over the weekend, 15-year-old Mallory Chapman of Reidland, Kentucky, died after inhaling chemicals from computer keyboard cleaner.

Local student accused of helping another student get high from huffing (Chippewa Falls, WI): Charges are filed against a Chippewa Falls high school student. He's accused of helping another student get high from huffing at the school.

Wytheville Delegate tackles "dusting" problem (Wytheville, VA): Anne B. Crockett-Stark has proposed a law that would mandate retailers lock up those cans of "dust off" in order to make it harder to steal.

Traffic accidents caused by inhalation included those in Canandaiguia, NY, Fargo, ND, and Kearney, NB.

CANADA

Kids offered an alternative to drugs (Winnipeg): Skates or sniff? Chief Martin Owens was blunt Tuesday afternoon about some of the options youths in Little Grand Rapids might partake in.

AUSTRALIA

Opal fuel killing off petrol sniffing (Gunbalanya, West Arnhem Shire, Northern Territory): THE controversial rollout of Opal fuel in a Top End community has so far killed off its chronic petrol-sniffing problems and left the local substance diversion officer with little to do.

Group wants glue-sniffing legislation: An Alice Springs youth help group is pushing for new legislation to discourage glue-sniffing.

FIJI

Rehab centre curbs sniffing habit: Juveniles caught sniffing glue are rehabilitated by the Social Welfare Department in an effort to help control the habit.

'Trip into the day' (Suva): Glue sniffing is a scourge which some are encouraging by selling glue from their houses with prices doubling in the night.

Glue sniffers undergo counselling: Police have now taken to counselling more than 30 sex workers as glue sniffing is not a prescribed offence and the users can not be charged or brought before court.

SINGAPORE

Singapore Drug and Inhalant Abuse Situation 2010 Report: This new report, published 24/1/11, reported that the number of inhalant abusers arrested showed a decline last year, a trend noted since 2008. The total number of inhalant abusers arrested fell by 16 per cent, from 600 in 2009 to 504 last year. Arrests of new inhalant abusers also fell, by 14 per cent from 398 in 2009 to 343 last year.