Wednesday, December 31, 2014

VSA Headlines - December 2014

It's New Year's Eve so just to say HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us here at Re-Solv.

Thanks to the tireless professionals who work in the substance misuse field, to the teachers, social workers, youth workers, police and the many, many others who have made a difference this past year.

Thanks to the manufacturers, retailers, and other business organisations who support and involve themselves in the work that we do.

And thank you too to the families and VS-users who, by sharing your experiences, help others to overcome VSA.

With every best wish for 2015,

Steve, Lisa, Marina, Nicola and Vic

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UK Headlines

Drug laws around the world - does anyone get it right? As a split emerges in the Government over Britain's future drug policy we look at the different approaches to drug control taken around the world.

Gibb Street Warehouse wins bid to reopen despite stabbing and discovery of gun and legal highs: A Birmingham club where a man was stabbed twice will not be shut down despite cops finding a loaded gun and 615 canisters of ‘legal high’ laughing gas on the premises.

Nurse sacked from Nuneaton hospital after inhaling laughing gas: An 'under pressure' George Eliot Hospital nurse was sacked for inhaling laughing gas at work.

University bar found selling laughing gas for £2 each: The controversial legal high nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, was found being sold in a bar run by the Aston University Student Union.

Legal highs

B. Traits: Will someone die at my gig?: In a new BBC Three documentary - How Safe Are My Drugs? - she speaks to people taking so-called legal highs, which she says is "scary and concerning".

Legal high deaths have increased eight-fold in three years: Revealed by think-tank Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), the figures show that there were 97 deaths in 2012, compared to 12 in 2009, while it's believed the use of legal highs by young people in the UK is the highest in Europe.

Why the problem of legal highs won’t go away: Legal drugs at a New Year’s Eve party doesn't guarantee safety – and the problem will continue in 2015.

Massive increase in ‘legal high’ incidents in parts of Yorkshire: The number of police incidents involving ‘legal highs’ at two Yorkshire forces has increased 25-fold in just two years, according to new figures.

Stories concerned with legal high shops around the UK included those in Belfast, BradfordDoncaster, North Devon, Taunton and Tayside.

USA

Troopers suspect propane huffing in death of Alakanuk teen (AK): A teenager found dead in a shipping container Friday night in the Western Alaska village of Alakanuk is believed to have died as a result of huffing propane gas to get high.

Laughing gas studied as depression treatment: Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don't respond to standard therapies.

Man 'huffed' aerosol cleaner before being found dead in Macatawa River (MI): The autopsy, conducted by Holland Hospital, determined the cause of Soto’s death was drowning, but the inhalants likely led to the death.

Wisconsin court rules man properly committed for huffing gas (WI): A Marathon County judge properly forced a man into treatment for huffing gasoline, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting his argument that gasoline doesn't qualify as a drug.

Farmington woman with suspended license was huffing nitrous oxide prior to crash (MI): The 36-year-old had "32 nitrous oxide propellant cartridges on the floor board of the vehicle."

CANADA

Woman Died After Huffing Compressed Gas From 'Dusters' (BC): Police in Abbotsford, B.C., say a 36-year-old woman who was found dead earlier this year fatally overdosed on compressed gas from cans of computer cleaner.

AUSTRALIA

Childhood brain tumours linked to parental solvent use: Children born to parents who work with paints, glues and other industrial solvents are more likely to develop brain tumours, WA researchers have found.

Northern Territory rollout of non-sniffable fuel passes milestone with launch of Darwin storage tank: For the first time, the NT has its own supply of the fuel, which is a central part of a national strategy to combat petrol sniffing.

SOMALILAND

The glue-sniffing street kids of Somaliland: Mohamed poses for the camera while Ibrahim takes a hit from a glue bottle behind him.