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.