Monday, February 28, 2011

VSA Headlines: February 2011

Here in the UK, Mid Devon youngsters are putting their lives at risk by sniffing butane gas, police warned this week. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: “This is a very serious issue. “Youngsters should realise just how dangerous this practice is. I would call on all young people to be sensible and not give in to peer pressure to sniff gas or any other drugs. I would also call on retailers to think about who they are selling butane gas to.” Full story.

A similar problem with solvent abuse and petrol has also been reported in East Malling, Kent, while the jailing of a teenager in Oxford also highlights the association between VSA (in this instance, petrol) and criminal behaviour.

Other headlines this month from around the world include:

FRANCE

"Poppers" may cause lasting vision loss
: Inhaling the vapors from "poppers" to get high even once can cause eye damage, but habitual huffing may lead to months-long vision loss, French doctors say.

USA

Tulsa mother warns of huffing freon after teenage son dies
(Tulsa, OK): Despite her sadness, she feels it's important to warn parents how addictive and deadly a new high is that kids are chasing. Her son, Mario, died from huffing freon.

2010 brings coroner's first encounter with death by huffing
(Washington Township, PA): A 16-year-old boy involved in a vehicle crash Sept. 19, 2010, died of inhalant abuse.

'Dusting' cited in fatal Granite City crash
(IL): A Granite City man was under the influence of an inhaled gas when his car crashed into a building.

'Huffing' may be cause of death for Kimberly Andrews (Conway, AK): A 21 year old Conway woman was found dead in her home Sunday, and police believe her death may have been caused by "huffing."

A 53-year-old woman found dead along a road on the Wind River Indian Reservation (WY) died from heart troubles after inhaling fumes from an aerosol can, authorities say.

Woman failed to supervise paint-sniffing child
(Palm Harbor, FL): Palm Harbor neighbors called police on Sunday after they saw a 7-year-old child huffing paint.

Local officials try to stop teens from 'huffing' (Leesburg, GA): Hairspray, nail polish remover and cooking spray; they're all items that you could find your home or a grocery store. They're also all items on a new list of substances that are banned from inhaling.

AUSTRALIA

Australia targets gasoline-sniffing (Canberra): Australia is fighting rampant gasoline-sniffing in the Outback by extending the availability of a less harmful fuel as part of a major campaign to improve Aborigines' health.

Youth warned of solvent abuse dangers
: Yesterday, the Opposition criticised the Western Australian Government for knocking back legislation that would restrict the sale of the solvent butane to minors.

FIJI

Police in Fiji getting tough on glue sniffing: Police spokesman, Atunaisa Sokomuri, says the problem exists in urban areas and has been an on-going issue for sometime.

VIETNAM

Youth sniff chemical glue like addicts
: Police of Quang Ngai Province and Da Nang city in central Vietnam have recently detected and apprehended some teens who sniff chemical glues as a drug.

INDIA

A sniff that can ‘white out' the future
(Coimbatore): It's a case that has shocked people a 16-year-old boy was arrested on Saturday for brutally attacking his father with a stool, after inhaling rubber vulcanising solution. But this addiction is not a lone case.

PAKISTAN

Sindh Human Rights Minister Nadia Gabol calls for awareness against drug menace
: Over 40,000 street children are involved in solvent substance abuse in five major cities including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.