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:-

UK

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.

USA

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.

CANADA

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.

AUSTRALIA

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.