Monday, January 19, 2015

VSA Headlines - January 2015

The latest Public Health England (PHE) adult and young people's reports into substance misuse treatment cite 100 adults in treatment for 'solvents' and 134 young people between 1 April 2013 - 31 March 2014.

"Solvent use was more prevalent in the younger age groups with 34% of all primary solvent use occurring in those under the age of 14." This reflects the findings of the annual Smoking, drinking and drug use report, which shows, year on year, that 11,12 and 13-year-olds are more likely to be misusing solvents than any other drug.

Re-Solv does have ongoing concerns that VSA is not fully reflected in these figures. A survey of over 400 substance misuse professionals participating in our Community for Recovery VSA training programme showed that only 46% of services currently assess clients for past and/or current VSA. As a result, accurate information on VS-use is not necessarily being recorded on Treatment Outcomes Profile (TOP) assessment forms.

Re-Solv has developed a free guide to assessing for solvent and volatile substance abuse and would ask that VS-use, together with information on the specific product being misused, is included in assessment data for both primary and secondary use, for both adults and young people.

Please help prevent more deaths from ‘hidden’ VSA.

Many thanks.

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Sometimes Poppers Are Not Poppers: Huffing as an Emergent Health Concern among MSM Substance Users. Timothy M. Hall , Steven Shoptaw , Cathy J. Reback. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2014.973180.


Legal Highs

High and dry? Party drug could target excess drinking: A patent has been filed for a drug that produces some of ecstasy’s euphoric effects – and seems to put the brakes on boozing

New Psychoactive Substances: Needs Assessment for Tayside, 2014. The aim of the work was to improve our understanding of what is happening with regards to NPS in the Tayside area and make recommendations as to how the help and support offered to people who either take NPS or know others who do could be improved.

The Kyle Files: Jeremy Kyle investigates the latest drug craze of legal highs including the suppliers.


Aerosol can explosion ruined my life, says girl (14): Brave Jessica Woods hopes others will learn the dangers of aerosol abuse after gas blast leaves her scarred for life.


Spartanburg man was huffing nitrous oxide before head-on crash (SC): [The] 24-year-old was high after inhaling 50 cartridges worth of nitrous oxide when he caused a head-on crash.

Man guilty of manslaughter in crash blamed on ‘huffing’ (VT): Jurors couldn’t reach consensus on whether a fatal crash was murder, but they did find the Rutland man guilty of involuntary manslaughter.


There used to be a drop-in centre where a boy died from sniffing aerosol. It might have saved his life.
Questions are being asked about how the death of a 12-year-old boy in Alice Springs could have been prevented. Could government cuts be to blame?

Troubled youths find help, and traditions, in Australia’s outback: It began two decades ago in Yuendumu, when the problem of youths sniffing gasoline swept the outback.


Legal highs

Consultation on legal highs policy starts: Under new legislation, Councils have the option to develop a Local Approved Products Policy. The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority have indicated that it is their intention to take these policies into consideration when deciding whether to approve a license application. Council policies can only regulate locations where products can be sold and cannot prohibit the sale of legal highs in the District.


Myanmar Street Kids Turn to Sniffing Glue to Forget Hunger: Sweaty hair matted to his pale, emaciated face, Thant Zin Oo starts his days early, winding through small alleyways outside Myanmar's biggest city Yangon and scavenging through garbage piled up behind shops and factories in search of something — anything — to sell.