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.
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