Monday, December 19, 2016

VSA Headlines - December 2016

Happy Christmas - and thank you!

The end of the year is nearly here so we just wanted to say thanks to all the brilliant people who've helped make this year such a good one. A huge thanks to all those of you who shared your personal stories of solvent abuse with us. Thanks to all the peer mentors and recovery groups who help us learn more about solvent abuse and who act as recovery champions for solvent abuse in the community. And thanks to all the professionals who came to training and who are now assessing for solvent use, and supporting clients using these substances across the country.

Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2017.

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Headlines from the UK and around the world this month include:-


Psychoactive substances ban 6 months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions: A Press Release from the Home Office and Sarah Newton MP announced that nearly 500 people have been arrested since the government’s landmark Psychoactive Substances Act came into force 6 months ago.

BCF launches next phase of VOC compliance campaign: The BCF’s compliance campaign started nearly a year ago, with the aim of stamping out solvent abuse in the vehicle refinish sector.

Leicester City star reported to have been filmed inhaling potentially lethal laughing gas: According to Mirror reports Gray, 20, posted a video online after Leicester City's Premier League 2-0 home defeat against Everton on Boxing Day.


Woman’s death thrusts huffing dangers into spotlight: In Maine, adult addiction to inhalants is on the rise, difficult to treat, and can be damaging or even fatal.

Guilty plea in gas ‘huffing’ wreck that killed elderly Olathe woman (KS): A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to causing a 2015 traffic crash that killed a 77-year-old woman.

Teen gets 6 years prison for death after ‘huffing’ (OH): He was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and tampering with evidence for trying to hide the can of compressed air

Piqua woman found unresponsive after huffing intoxicant, is arrested (OH): A woman was found unresponsive in a bathroom after allegedly huffing air duster while a child slept nearby in the residence.

Serial huffer tells officers he has a drug problem, cops say: A homeless man caught huffing canned air to get high reportedly told Bethlehem police he has a drug problem and needs help.

Using inhalants can cause death on first use, experts say: Common products in a home or workplace can quickly become dangerous and sometimes deadly.

Traffic accidents caused by VSA occurred in IDIN and LA while other VSA-associated arrests took place in CTOK, OKORPA and TX.


Strong guidelines required after Quebec teen dies inhaling cleaner: A Quebec coroner is recommending action by government, parents and teachers after a 15-year-old boy died from inhaling keyboard cleaner.


Cliff Cardinal talks about bringing his one-man show, Huff, to the Sydney Festival: Award-winning Canadian Indigenous performer and playwright, Cliff Cardinal, is bringing his critically-acclaimed one-man show, Huff, to Sydney this January. The piece follows Wind, a First Nation’s boy who escapes his own painful reality by sniffing solvent.

Sniffing deodorant warning as school holidays start: A new method of chroming has police calling on parents to be vigilant ahead of the school holidays.

Low-aromatic fuels mandatory to combat petrol sniffing in Queensland Cape, Scent-free petrol will become mandatory in a northwest Queensland town as a last resort to stop youths petrol sniffing.

Monday, November 28, 2016

VSA Headlines - November 2016


Tragedy of dedicated care worker, 33, who died sniffing hairspray: Pathologists later determined she had experienced sudden sniffing death syndrome (SSDS) after inhaling a number of cans of the aerosol.

Radio 4's The Untold follows the story of a young man who had experimented with gas as a child - Some Mother's Son: Grace Dent follows listener Shirley as she finds out more about how her estranged son died.

Motorcyclists gearing up as third annual Action on Addiction ride confirmed: Organiser John Bramble, from Chickerell, launched the event in memory of his son Craig who he sadly lost to solvent abuse in 2001.


Home evacuated as intruder 'huffs' gasoline (IN): Members of a Winchester family had to briefly evacuate their home after an unwelcome guest “huffed” gasoline in their basement.

Ephrata man charged for huffing, passing out in judge's office with child (PA): An Ephrata man was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after being found unresponsive in the lobby of Magisterial District Judge Tony S. Russell's office Friday morning.

Screamer was huffing canned air (MP): A woman who was heard screaming inside a house Thursday turned out to be huffing canned air.

Huffing charge for Walmart shoplifter (NJ): A Berkeley man is facing shoplifting charges after allegedly boosting two cans of compressed air, getting high on one of them and then taking a tumble inside a bathroom.

Man arrested after stealing, huffing Ultra Duster from Wal-Mart (OR): A Roseburg man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he was caught stealing Ultra Duster, an aerosol cleaning product, and later found huffing the product inside his vehicle.

Driving offences caused by VSA were reported in FL, LA, MO, NCOH and a fatality in MI.


JD and the Sunshine Band make music from the margins: In 2013, the band formed as part of the Solvent User’s Recreation Project (SURP) at Sunshine House, a drop-in and resource centre.


NSW woman jailed over 'butane' stabbing: A woman who stabbed her sleeping partner with a kitchen knife while she was high on butane has been jailed for at least 14 months.

Petrol stations change fuel to take high away from petrol sniffing: Low aromatic fuel will be rolled out at Mount Isa service stations to stem the rise of petrol sniffing in the western Queensland town.


Glue sniffing addict attacks relatives, three seriously injured: A family of three sustained serious injuries after a relative, believed to be under the influence of alcohol and glue vapors, ran amok at their home in Kampung Belangsat, near Limbang, today.


Teen falls to death during 'laughing gas' session: A 13-year-old boy fell to his death from an HDB block in an accident when he was having a "laughing gas'' session with two classmates.


Inhalant usage on rise among children: National survey finds alcohol and tobacco use also high among children in Kerala.

Children getting addicted to sniffing toxic glue (Odisha): In a shockingly revelation, several street children and school students in the capital have been found to be addicted to inhaling synthetic rubber based adhesives as they contain chemicals which act like intoxicants.

Monday, October 31, 2016

VSA Headlines - October 2016

Thanks to the BBC series, Doctors, for highlighting the issue of solvent abuse this month, Watch series 18, episodes 8889 and 90 to follow the story.

This month, Mentor have also published a new briefing paper: Preventing Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Substance Use Problems Alcohol and Drug Prevention.


Public warned after 70 'laughing gas' cannisters found strewn in car park in Malvern: Police have warned people not to take legal highs after around 70 deadly "laughing gas" canisters were found scattered across a car park.

Has laughing gas become a problem on the Isle Of Dogs? Docklands inhabitants take to Facebook to air their worries about the use of the legal high and the littering of nitrous oxide canisters across the island


Huffing Dust Spray Causes Man's Odd Bone Disease (RI): A man in New England developed a bone disease rarely seen in the United States due to his habit of huffing computer cleaner, according to a new report of the case.

Blue Island man had been turning his life around before his death, sister says: [His] cause of death was still pending ... but police said they found a number of computer dust-remover spray cans near his body.

Man pleads not guilty to killing teen with car (WI): [He] allegedly had inhaled “Dust Off” (a canned aerosol cleaner) minutes prior to driving and becoming involved in the crash.

Hidalgo County Prosecutor Resigns In Wake Of Inhalant Arrests (TX): A Hidalgo County assistant district attorney has resigned after being arrested twice in two weeks for intoxicated driving.

Nail salons must clean up toxic act: Women who pay for manicures and pedicures may not be aware of the dangers to their neurological and cognitive health from toxic chemicals contained in glues, solvents, and nail polishes.

Man Arrested for Allegedly Huffing Duster (IN): Police say [his] grandmother called police after he threatened to hit her while huffing.

Driving offences caused by VSA were reported in INMI and PA.


Woman behind watershed non-sniffable fuel rollout in Central Australia honoured 10 years on: For decades petrol sniffing devastated the beloved Aboriginal communities of fuel campaigner Janet Inyika.


Teen's fall from height after inhaling butane a tragic misadventure, says coroner (Singapore): A 13-year-old boy fell from height at an HDB block in an accident when he was having a "laughing gas'' session with two classmates.


Uttarakhand High Court Bans Sale Of Whitener In State: The Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday ordered a complete ban on the sale of whitener in the state following the death of a teenager from sniffing excess whitener for a kick in the district.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

VSA Headlines - September 2016

The annual report into drug-related deaths in England and Wales was published this month, showing: "There were 3,674 drug poisoning deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs registered in England and Wales in 2015, the highest since comparable records began in 1993."

It should be noted in addition that these numbers do not include deaths from VSA and Re-Solv is in the process of submitting a request for this data.

This month, Public Health England have also published Understanding and preventing drug-related deaths: The report of a national expert working group to investigate drug-related deaths in England.

VSA headlines from the UK and around the world this month included:


What the 1980s Glue Sniffing Epidemic Can Teach Us About Preventing Ecstasy Deaths: ... Called Re-Solv, the charity, which still exists today, played a key role in getting the message across, and by the 1990s teenage deaths from glue sniffing had plummeted.

Driver jailed for crashing car while inhaling laughing gas: [She] receives 20-month sentence after crashing car in Manchester while inhaling nitrous oxide, injuring herself and others.

Gangs selling laughing gas in Hackney go underground as ‘legal high’ is outlawed: Emma Bartholomew accompanies the police out on a Friday night to see the extent of the nitrous oxide trade since it was made illegal – and finds that, although eradicated in Shoreditch, organised gangs now work in Dalston.

First man jailed for selling ‘legal highs’ at music festival: A man has become one of the first to be prosecuted under new laws on ‘legal’ highs.

No laughing matter: Brit holidaymaker in Ayia Napa turns into hysterical wreck after inhaling a massive balloon full of nitrous oxide.

Other 'legal highs'

Legal high deaths triple in prisons: Prisons Ombudsman says inmates are dying in legal high-related murders, and because of psychotic episodes and suicides triggered by the drugs.

'High Way' to Hell: File on 4 traces the supply [of NPS] back to labs in China. (See also news story: What goes on inside a Chinese 'legal high' factory?)


Inhalants — The Easy to Acquire but Deadly Drug That Nobody Talks About: “It’s the forgotten epidemic,” says Harvey Weiss, who runs the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based organization that aims to fight against inhalant abuse.

Woman accused of huffing gas near toddler (FL): An Inverness woman is facing a charge of child neglect after being accused of huffing gasoline while a toddler was present.

St. Albans man arrested again for violence after allegedly huffing paint (WV): A man is back behind bars after deputies say he violently robbed a woman in a grocery store parking lot Thursday.

Woman accused of 'huffing' in front of police (OH):  A 32-year-old woman is charged with “huffing” compressed gas out of a can right in front of police as they were there to arrest her on a prior charge involving the same offense.

Driving crimes, accidents and fatalities caused by VSA were reported in FL, Traverse MITroy MIPABremerton WA and Seattle WA.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

VSA Headlines - August 2016


Dual Dilemma: People who misuse drugs or alcohol at the same time as experiencing mental health issues are being denied access to proper treatment, says Turning Point.

Mercy for Willand solvent sniffing son who attacked dad in noise row: A son who battered his father after an argument over loud music has been freed so he had tackle alcohol and solvent addiction problems.

Robber used a meat cleaver to steal butane gas: A woman addicted to butane gas, robbed a shopkeeper for more supplies after producing a meat cleaver.

Other 'legal highs'

‘Legal Highs’ and Novel Psychoactive Substances: Alcohol and Drug Prevention is a new briefing paper in a series produced by Mentor ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) resource pack: A new resource pack for educators and practitioners working with young people from the Home Office.

Health responses to new psychoactive substances is a new report published by EMCDDA. "Responses to the emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS) across Europe have largely been
regulatory. However, findings from this study show that health- and drug-related interventions have emerged in response to evidence of harms associated with NPS use in some user groups and settings across Europe."

'Legal High' ban in the Isle of Man from today: A blanket ban on so-called legal highs comes in force in the Isle of Man today.


Man died in garda van after taking alcohol and butane gas: A talented stonemason who abused both alcohol and butane gas died from "excited delirium" after being placed in a garda vehicle.


Traffic accidents and fatalities caused by VSA were reported in FL, INME, NY, TX and WI.

Walmart provided over 60 aerosol cans to woman found dead in truck, lawsuit says (TX): The preliminary autopsy found she died from inhaling the contents of multiple aerosol cans purchased in the hours leading up to her death.

Death of Sarasota woman, son after inhaling drain opener appears to be murder-suicide (FL): [They] died after inhaling drain cleaner and it appears not to have been accidental, according to police spokeswoman

Dangers Of Inhaling Helium From Balloons (OR): 8-year-old girl in Portland suffocated by birthday balloon.


What to do with a propane addict? The question of what to do with a man with an unusual addiction was raised recently as those in court struggled with how best to deal with a propane huffer.


Sharp decreases in petrol sniffing rates: New research has found that petrol sniffing in Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory has declined by 30 per cent since 2011.


Chemical huffing at youth justice facility: An emergency services call out to Te Puna Wai youth justice facility last night was due to a group of girls huffing aerosol cans, police have confirmed.


Man fined RM100 for trespassing into building to sniff glue: A 27-year-old jobless man who was caught sniffing glue in a building here after trespassing the premises was fined RM100 or one week's jail.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

VSA Headlines - July 2016

This month, the Home Office publishes the latest Drug misuse: findings from the 2015 to 2016 CSEW report, which examines the extent and trends in illicit drug use among a sample of 16 to 59 year old residents in households in England and Wales.


Blackburn man punched nurse in the face and racially abused doctor: A 53-year-old man who had been sniffing butane gas and drinking punched a nurse in the face, racially abused a doctor and made threats to another female member of staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Woman seen sniffing gas at back of 256 bus: Police were called by Stagecoach Manchester after the incident on the on a number 256 bus at Trafford Bar.

Community shocked by growing use of laughing gas in Dursley: Police have warned that a surge in the number of people using ‘laughing gas’ in Dursley could lead to a fatal accident.

'Legal highs'

£250k lottery cash will help local charity combat spread of 'legal highs': Parents, students and youngsters are all being warned over the danger of so-called 'legal highs' after a charity was given £250,000 to tackle the use of such substances in the Potteries.

Health responses to new psychoactive substances: EMCDDA, Lisbon, June 2016

'It's russian roulette.' Warning as teenager, 19, dies after smoking ‘legal high’ known as Pandora’s Box.


Belleville man arrested for 'huffing' inhalants to get high dies later at hospital (IL): A man who police arrested for inhaling compressed gas to get high Friday began complaining of shortness of breath and later died at a hospital, authorities said.

She replaced heroin with huffing. Now, she's dead at 39 (PA): An accidental overdose of dusting spray killed a woman who got sick in her probation officer's car in April and later died at Memorial Hospital.

Fargo man charged with negligent homicide in wife's huffing death (ND): A Fargo man is charged with negligent homicide in the death of his wife, who according to court documents, died after the two had a mutual huffing session.

Serious traffic accidents and fatalities caused by VSA were reported in NCNJ, PAWI.

Florida woman found huffing propane, puts lighter over tank:  A Florida woman was arrested last Thursday after deputies said they found her without any clothes on and sucking propane from a tank, which she held a lighter over when she saw the deputies.


Petrol sniffer burns down mother’s house (NT): A petrol sniffer destroyed his mother’s house by setting fire to a pile of his own clothes because his family tried to enter him into rehab, a court has heard.


Stop sniffing glue: A 13-year-old student is the latest to have been treated at Fiji's mental institution, the St Giles Psychiatric Hospital, for volatile substance abuse — glue.

Monday, June 27, 2016

VSA Headlines - June 2016

This month has seen the publication of the Global Drug Survey 2016 findings, which include the "biggest study of nitrous oxide use ever" showing "increasing rates of use in the UK" and that "globally nitrous oxide is now ranked the 7th most popular drug in the world."

Drugwise have also published NPS Come of Age: A UK overview, written by Harry Shapiro and based on work first published by DrugScope in 2014 and 2015.

The EMCDDA's European Drug Report 2016 is also out and a brief 4-part overview is offered on Russell Webster's blog.


Mother of solvent abuser hits out at butane seller: The mother of a Tayside man whose life has been ruined by solvent abuse has slammed a controversial Dundee store over the sale of lighter gas.

Other 'legal highs'

The true horrors of using NPS in prison: Prisoners talk about legal highs inside.


Woman found dead after huffing household cleaner at Clearview Mall (LA): A 30-year-old woman was found dead in her car in the third floor of a parking garage at the Clearview Mall in Metairie.

Mailer represents new phase of anti-inhalant abuse campaign (MD): The death of Andrew Spencer led to an effort to raise awareness of inhalant abuse.

Inhalants are causing big issues in Rapid City (SD): Rapid City Police say the use of inhalants in our community is out of control. In fact, earlier this month a 29 year old woman was found dead with a can of Dust Off lying next to her.

Traffic accidents due to VSA were reported in FLMI and TN.


20 cases of substance abuse in schools: The National Substance Abuse Advisory Council is currently working with the Solicitor General’s office on enacting a law on volatile substance abuse.


Street kids shift ‘sniff’ from rugby to Vulcaseal: Street children have switched to the use of Vulcaseal from rugby, prompting the Dangerous Drugs Board to study ways to dampen its attractive smell.


Glue-sniffing teens detained after photos published on social media: Five teenagers who had used a building rooftop as their hideout to sniff glue were rounded up after photos of them in the act were shared on social media.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

VSA Headlines - April/May 2016

Tweet from the Home Office today confirms the passing of the Psychoactive Substances Act.

BBC coverage here.

In VSA and other not-so 'legal high' news around the world:


Stoke-on-Trent nurse suffocated on plastic bag after inhaling poppers, inquest told: A hospital nurse from Stoke-on-Trent suffocated on a plastic bag while inhaling fumes from legal high poppers, an inquest heard.

Nitrous Oxide: what you need to know. Developed by Young Addaction Halton.

'Legal highs' guidance offers retailers advice on solvents and butane: The ACS has published a guidebook to help retailers stay within the law ahead of new legislation on 'legal highs'.

John, 55, raises £3,000 from Exmouth ride in memory of his son: A devoted father has raised more than £3,000 from an Exmouth charity ride in memory of his much-loved son.

'Burglar' found with his eyes rolling in his head fined for racially abusing police officer: [He] later admitted having drunk an “enormous” amount of alcohol and smoking cannabis before inhaling the butane.

School’s ban on aerosols is welcomed by councillor: A high school has called on parents to ditch aerosol deodorants for roll-ons to prevent ‘a major incident’.

Police warning after this huge stash of legal high 'laughing gas' canisters found on fields next to school: Officers post a stark warning on Facebook

Periscope screengrabs show Drissa Traore, Jeremy Balmy and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill allegedly inhaling laughing gas: SwindonTown are investigating images currently circulating on social media of three players allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide gas.

Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor in laughing gas storm: Aston Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor has incurred the wrath of fans once again after going on a “laughing gas and booze binge” on the day his club were relegated from the Premier League.

Central YMCA – A World of Good: The Challenge of Being Young in Modern Britain: ... the responses reveal the potential harm of substance abuse and how, despite decades of efforts to reduce its impact on young people, it still ranks as one of the five major challenges they face today.

Other 'legal' highs

Legal highs - a user's story: "It's like taking cannabis with the effect of heroin."

BBC - The Last Days of Legal Highs

Most people who died after taking legal highs had other drugs in their system, research shows:
The research reignites debates about whether evidence regarding the harms of legal highs are accurate and sufficient

BBC - Drugs Map of Britain: Wolverhampton: Getting Off Mamba

Very quietly, Home Office backs down on Psychoactive Substances Act: Something has changed in the way the Home Office wants to enforce the Psychoactive Substances Act

Legal highs: Police handle surge in incidents ahead of ban: Freedom of Information responses show the range of anti-social behaviour and crime associated with the drugs.

Number of prison deaths linked to legal highs rises steeply: There were 39 deaths in custody linked to use of legal highs between 2013 and 2015 compared with 19 in 2012-14

Why law banning legal highs will fail: If the government wanted to protect drug users, it would regulate and control the supply of drugs.

Legal high ban the right thing to do: Letter to The Guardian from Norman Baker

Blanket ban on 'legal highs' delayed: A blanket ban on 'legal highs' has been delayed: A government crackdown on drugs that would have seen a blanket ban put on 'legal highs' has been delayed as it is still unclear what is covered.

Warning over new UK legal high law after Irish ban 'made it easier to buy them': A new law designed to crackdown on so called "legal highs" was due to come into force but has been delayed.

Legal highs 'stockpiled' ahead of ban, charities warn: Large quantities of legal highs are being stockpiled before a new law prohibits the sale of the drugs, leading Scottish charities have warned.

Denbighshire 'legal high' use to be focus of first study of its kind in Wales: Pioneering project to look at use of psychoactive over-the-counter drugs in county


A mother takes a stand against huffing (SD): “I've been very quiet about the fact that I lost my daughter to huffing and I just feel like it's time for me to speak out”.

Woman found dead in Staples with 10 empty aerosol cans (PA): A 36-year-old woman was found dead early Saturday in the bathroom of a northwest Philadelphia Staples, surrounded by nearly a dozen empty cans of aerosol keyboard cleaner, police said.

Olathe woman accused of huffing gas is charged with murder in fatal wreck: A 25-year-old Olathe woman accused of huffing gas before a fatal wreck last August has been charged with murder.

'Huffing' spikes dramatically among adults as practice declines with teens: Once a problem primarily limited to adolescents, huffing is now affecting more and more adults, experts said.

Traffic accidents due to VSA were reported in ARFL, GAMI, NYOH, OH, OK, PAPA and SD.


Geelong teenager Pheonix Werner dies after inhaling deodorant with friends: A 14-year-old Geelong boy who died after inhaling deodorant at the weekend has been remembered by family as a "beautiful boy" who was "not into the drug scene".


Mother of two found dead at home after inhaling butane: The 27-year-old mother of two was found dead at her Napier home by her husband in the early hours of August 3, 2014.

Inside Tiki Taane's drug past: 'I started smoking marijuana at 13': Tiki Taane has spoken about how he started huffing glue at age 11 and soon after sold "tinnies" in the classroom.


Rugby-sniffing street kid now a college grad: He used to beg on the streets to fund his compulsive habit of substance abuse.


One homeless youth killed by another over glue sniffing: A homeless man was killed when another youth allegedly hit him with a rod over glue sniffing before Rajdhani Super Market in the capital's Tikatuli early yesterday.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

VSA Headlines - March 2016

We have relaunched our website so please come and visit us this Easter at!

In the meantime, the latest VSA and other 'legal high' headlines include:


Poppers escape ban on legal highs: Liquid chemical drug – alkyl nitrites – wins last-minute exclusion from law that comes into force next month.

The poppers ban: will it criminalise gay users? More than 2m bottles of poppers are sold legally every year – and Yorkshire is the centre of the trade. How is one factory preparing for the ban?

Man has distorted vision after inhaling poppers: A 52-year-old man developed distorted vision after inhaling poppers for the first time. (See BMJ Case Reports.)

Nitrous oxide could disrupt formation of traumatic memories: Nitrous oxide administered after a traumatic event may help to prevent distressing memories from ‘sticking’ in the brain, suggests new UCL research.

Other 'legal highs'

Devastated mum gives warning to other parents after her son overdoses on legal high: A heartbroken mum has issued a warning to parents after her son died taking legal highs delivered to him in the mail.

Morecambe man dies after taking 'legal high': A man has died after taking a so-called legal high in Lancashire, police have said.

Man killed by legal high overdose after twisted dealer told paramedics he was just drinking tea: A man was killed by a legal high overdose after his dealer told paramedics they had just been drinking tea.

Mother who lost son to legal highs welcomes QUB test to fast-track identification of drugs: The mother of a teenager who died after taking so-called legal highs has welcomed a new 'fast track' method of identifying the drugs, which has been developed by experts at Queen's University, Belfast (QUB).

Number of 'legal highs' soaring, warns United Nations body: International Narcotics Control Board says more than 600 new psychoactive substances were reported around the world last year, a rise of 55 per cent

Mental health units see 'significant rise' in psychotic episodes due to legal highs (East Riding): "Inpatient units are seeing a significant increase in people presenting with psychotic symptoms, low mood and suicidal thoughts following use of legal highs.

Britain's legal high ban to be explored in new BBC documentary: On the night before the government bans legal highs, the film will follow those who sell, take and deal the substances.

Big fall in 'legal high' emergencies in Newcastle: The number of emergency incidents involving so-called legal highs to have more than halved in just one month in Newcastle, according to figures released this morning.

Why new law banning all psychoactive substances will be just another ‘war on drugs’ disaster: The recent passing of a new addition to the British statute books, which will come into effect on April 6th, is the latest in a long line of poorly drafted drug laws.

'People will use harder drugs': legal high users on the impact of law changes: This April all legal highs will be outlawed. We hear from those who take these substances about what this could mean


Gasoline Huffing Caused Teen Death (IL):  The report says huffing gasoline lead to an accidental fire that claimed the life of [the] 19-year-old, and severely burned his 17-year-old brother.

New Sharon man dies while huffing with cigarette (ME): A fire that killed a New Sharon man on Tuesday likely began when a cigarette ignited fumes from an aerosol can, state fire investigators said.

Huffing: The drug abuse problem hiding in plain sight (NV): It's the substance abuse problem most teens know about, but about which parents are often unaware.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

VSA Headlines - February 2016


17-year-old boy dies after inhaling aerosol cans in his bedroom: A teenager died after inhaling aerosol cans in his bedroom, an inquest heard.

Tragic death of 33-year-old Northamptonshire woman from lighter fuel abuse: A 33-year-old Northamptonshire woman who waved goodbye to her boyfriend on a summer's morning was discovered dead 10 hours later from lighter fuel abuse.

John riding to Exmouth in memory of tragic son: A man from Dorset is again riding from Weymouth to Exmouth Queen’s Drive in April in memory of his much-loved son [who] died in 2001 from solvent abuse.

Glue-sniffing ‘Toxic Terry’ finds God and cleans up his life: He explains: “I didn’t try solvents until I was 25. It was all the rage in the 80s. My friends at that time were all doing it. It was just that buzz I got into. But I couldn’t stop.”

UK's biggest poppers manufacturer vows to fight legal high ban on product he's made for 35 years: John Addy decided to talk after Tory MP Crispin Blun gained nationwide attention by admitting in a Commons debate he used poppers.

Catering firm Toon Whip 'selling nitrous oxide as party drug': A Newcastle catering company is selling nitrous oxide as a recreational drug which has been linked to deaths, rather than for whipping cream as advertised, a BBC investigation has found.

Other 'legal highs'

Man dies, three hospitalised after taking legal high Spice on Friday: All four were thought to have taken the same strain of the laboratory-created cannabis substitute known as "Spice".

Professor Green: Hidden and Homeless: Professor Green sets out to discover the modern face of homelessness, changing our perceptions of who the homeless are and the harsh reality of their lives.

Catching up with legal highs: A team of British and Australian scientists has combined two spectroscopy techniques to rapidly identify new psychoactive substances from police drug seizures.

Legal high lesson to be rolled out across schools: Classes delivered to 11 and 12 year old school pupils about the dangers of legal highs are being rolled out across Wales this month.

Plan to tackle legal high use in Bury: Professionals from across the board recently met in Bury to discuss how best to combat and raise awareness of New Psychoactive Substances, and have now set up an early warning network which will allow the relevant authorities to respond appropriately to any drug-related intelligence.

Shopkeeper fined in Scotland's first legal-high conviction: The 26-year-old was charged with breaching product safety regulations after he failed to produce necessary documents to trading standards officers.

Legal highs ban in Lincoln 'not working': Charity workers in Lincoln claim the legal highs ban which was introduced in the city just under a year ago is not making any difference.

Prison officers 'hallucinate and go hysterical' after inhaling inmates' legal highs: "... officers at the jail have become disoriented when they inadvertently breathed in the drug Spice, which prisoners had been smoking.'


Driver in fatal collision high on inhalant (OH): A man who was driving more than 100 mph on I-70 in Madison County when he killed a war veteran in a head-on crash had bought a can of compressed air at a nearby Walmart minutes before and was inhaling it to get high while driving, authorities say.

Other driving incidents are reported in CA and OK.

San Juan Narcotics Unit Investigating Inhalant Abuse (TX): “The number one abused drug right now is inhalants”.


8-year-old girl dies after inhaling helium from birthday balloon in Kiryat Ata: Paramedics arrived at the the family's home to discover the girl unconscious.


Don’t sniff at Opal solution (NT): The introduction of low aromatic fuel to Katherine and Tennant Creek is an important step in the fight against petrol sniffing.

Govt looks to tackle petrol sniffing: The federal government plans to ban sniffable fuel at petrol stations in several rural areas, with Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion keen on a nationwide roll-out.

Marel C, MacLean S, Midford R (2015) Review of volatile substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.


Substance abuse led to Malad boy’s death? (Mumbai) The recent death of a 15-year-old boy, who was given to substance abuse, has highlighted the danger that such behaviour poses to the young generation and the urgent need to address this problem.

Friday, January 29, 2016

VSA Headlines - January 2016


Teenage boy died from excessive deodorant use, inquest finds: The troubled 16-year-old, who was weeks away from starting college, died from the effects of butane gas inhalation.

UK ban on poppers could have disastrous health consequences for MSM: As the myopic Psychoactive Substances Bill nears being waved through Parliament and into law, the future of alkyl nitrites - or, poppers - hangs in the balance, with the proposed ban set to have devastating consequences for some men who have sex with men.

Tory MP declares ‘I use poppers’ as he warns Government not to ban legal high: Crispin Blunt, a former minister, ‘outed’ himself as a poppers user in the House of Commons as MPs debated whether to exempt the substance from a list of banned drugs. Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham MP is leading calls to exempt poppers from the legislation.

Poppers manufacturer 'will fight' legal high ban: A man who makes two million bottles of the popper recreational drug a year says he will fight plans to ban them.

Analysis undertaken of 'legal high' use in Runcorn and Widnes: Halton Council report said there is a 'cultural trend' of nitrous oxide use

Mum jailed for allowing sex abuse of three Plymouth daughters: [One daughter had] resorted to solvent abuse to block out the memories.

Motorcyclists all geared up for addiction charity fundraiser: Organiser John Bramble, from Chickerell, launched the event in memory of his son Craig who he lost to solvent abuse in November 2001.

Other 'legal highs'

The “brilliant” dad of four who went “off the rails” to become Lincoln’s first legal highs death: The sister of a Lincoln father-of-four who is believed to be the city's first legal highs death has paid tribute to her "amazing brother".

Supplier of pills which killed Liverpool man avoid charges because they were correctly labelled: Deadly pills which killed a Liverpool student were not sold to him criminally because they were correctly labelled as not fit for human consumption, police say.

Legal Highs Bill Is “Stupid And Scientifically Illiterate”, Says Parliamentary Motion: An MP has submitted a startlingly brutal early day motion in parliament calling the government’s new psychoactive substances bill “one of the stupidest, most dangerous and unscientific pieces of drugs legislation ever.” Read the Early Day Motion here.

How the UK's Legal High Ban Will Harm Users and Help Dealers: Around 15 months ago, the main head shop in Blackburn, England stopped selling legal highs ... Virtually overnight, however, the shop's legal high trade had been incorporated into the business of a local gang of class A drug dealers.

Why death in a French clinical trial should make 'legal high' users think twice: This death—in a closely-monitored clinical setting—should serve as a warning, both to legal high users and to legislators.

Legal high abuse ambulance calls soar in South East: The number of 999 calls made in the South East over the abuse of so-called legal highs has soared.

Cops ban sale of legal highs: The crackdown comes as the emergency services received reports of 20 'legal high' incidents in the Potteries in just four days – with seven ambulances sent to a Stoke hostel on Saturday night.

Wise to Highs: New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are a source of debate. Katie Boyden investigates the dangers and how one local council is fighting back

Campaigns against legal highs are reported in Newcastle and Jersey.


Orlando lobbyist died from inhaling drug: A prominent Florida lobbyist and lawyer, died in October. His death has been ruled accidental after an autopsy showed he died after inhaling a drug similar to poppers.

In drug death trial, defense witnesses testify to Unity man's narcotic use: [He] might have succumbed to toxic chemicals from “huffing” aerosol substances,

Teen severely burned after huffing gasoline in a garage (MO): Franklin County Captain Charles Subke says the teens mother ran out to save her son and put out the flames while his clothes were still on fire.


Leaded fuel ban in Tennant Creek will fight petrol sniffing, says minister: Federal Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion announces ban on sale of leaded fuel in NT’s Barkly district, praising low-aromatic fuel as ‘silver bullet’.

Chroming habit in Townsville adds to thefts: Townsville Hospital’s emergency department treated 20 patients 30 times as a result of inhaling solvents including deodorant, petrol, glue, paint and air fresheners.


Children in fire were sniffing fly spray: Four children badly burned after a car they were in caught fire in the backyard of a Huntly house were sniffing fly spray, police have confirmed.

Face huffing problem - Drug Foundation: The Government can't pretend any longer that the huffing problem doesn't exist, says the Drug Foundation.


Whitener, adhesive abuse rampant among children (Kerala): The death of a student on Koduvakkonam estate in Peerumade taluk has brought to light a cheap way of getting into a state of intoxication that would create severe health problems. T


Tribal children paid for work with alcohol and glue to sniff, suggests report: A new Survival International report has found that market traders in the Republic of Congo ply children from the Bayaka tribe with glue, in exchange for cleaning out latrines- a basic toilet.