Thursday, February 27, 2014

VSA Headlines - February 2014

UK

Chef found dead after inhaling laughing gas in his French flat: The popular Kidderminster 21-year-old, who had just found out he was going to be a dad for the first time, was found in his flat by his boss on February 6.

Inquest concludes it is 'not clear' what extent taking a legal high played in death: [The pathologist reported that] “there were levels of 5-MeO-DALT in his blood, which is a legal high and a type of popper ... it’s impossible to tell how much of a role the drug played in [his] death but it would have certainly contributed to it."

Shops warned over lighter gas sniffing case: Shops selling lighter fluid in Teesdale are being warned to be on their guard after a worrying case of suspected gas sniffing was uncovered.

Shops warned over aerosol sales following under cover investigation in Stockton: Shops in Stockton have been warned they may be breaking the law when they sell aerosols and other solvents following an undercover investigation.

BAMA's Aerosol of the Year 2013 winner extends winning formula: The compressed aerosol can technology ... is to be extended across its entire range of male deodorant brands.The launch of the range meant 50% less propellant gas.

Legal Highs

Legal high deaths rise by 800% in three years: Users warned they are 'dancing in a minefield' after huge increase.  Read the full National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD) report here.

Website reveals 'legal high' truths: A new drug-testing website, funded by the Welsh Government, has been set up to provide information on the real ingredients of so-called "legal highs".

'Legal high' hospital admissions increasing in Scotland: Hundreds of people have been admitted to hospital across Scotland in the past five years after taking so-called legal highs, figures have revealed.

Legal highs ‘worse than banned drugs’, MSPs told: So-called legal high drugs can be even more harmful than illegal substances such as cannabis and ecstasy, MSPs have heard.

Expert hits at city figures over 'legal high' victims: A drugs expert has hit out at the way 'legal high' incidents are being recorded in Glasgow.

Edwin Poots wants ban on legal high retailers: A more robust approach is needed to tackle legal high drugs use across the UK, Northern Ireland’s health minister has said.

Warning to Liverpool students over party drug: Merseyside Police is issuing a warning to young people and students after three people were taken to hospital yesterday, in a criticial condition after taking a substance believed to be known as GEEBS.

Perth shop offers ‘legal highs’ loyalty card: Loyalty cards are nothing new, but a Tayside shop is giving rewards for customers buying chemicals rather than coffee.

Action sought on ‘legal high’ shops: A “legal high” shop has closed its doors after a storm of public pressure, and now Angus folk want the issue to be put under a Government spotlight.

‘Legal high’ compounds outlawed: A number of harmful compounds sold by ‘legal high’ suppliers will be listed as controlled Class B drugs from February 24.

TURKEY

Istanbul’s Glue-Huffing Teens: Solvent-sniffing helps Istanbul's street teens deal with their delinquency. Reformed addicts are helping them stop

USA

Bellefonte woman arraigned on murder charge (PA): Charge stems from fatal 2012 accident, woman accused of “huffing”

Driver tells police she passed out before wreck (OH): Boardman police charged a 22-year-old woman with abusing harmful intoxicants after she admitted to “huffing” while driving.

NEW ZEALAND

Legal Highs

Legal highs culture becoming embedded - NZ First: New Zealand First is worried that a culture of synthetic drug taking is becoming embedded in the country, says spokesperson for Welfare and Social Policy Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor.

Legal highs market reined in: The Government's goal of supporting communities to prevent and reduce harm caused by legal highs and bringing the so-called "legal high" market under control without driving it underground is working.

Legal highs animal testing decision delayed: A decision on if the government will stop animal testing of legal highs has been delayed until the end of March.

INDIA

Whitener-sniffing teens caught with US-made pistol (Maharashtra):Two teenagers from Sewri were arrested yesterday after Vashi Government Railway Police (GRP) officials found a loaded automatic pistol in their possession.

MALAYSIA

‘No let-up in war on drug abuse, glue-sniffing’ (Kuching): Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) will work closely to combat drug abuse even if the situation is still at a safe level in Sarawak.