Thursday, January 25, 2018

VSA Headlines - January 2018

Public Health England have published details of alcohol and drug misuse treatment in prisons and other secure settings from the national drug treatment monitoring system (NDTMS).

In 2016-2017, 71 adults in secure settings received help for solvent use, down from 84 in 2015-16. 12 young people (aged, on average, 15 years old) also received treatment in secure settings, again down from 16 (aged, on average, 16.5) last year.

Read the full report here.

UK

Fourth Action on Addiction from Weymouth to Exmouth confirmed for 2018: The event was launched by Chickerell resident, John Bramble, in memory of his son Craig who sadly died from solvent abuse in 2001.

Man sentenced after being caught burgling north Belfast flat wearing socks on his hands: Belfast Crown Court heard that during the burglary, he "stopped to engage" in inhaling aerosol from an air freshener.

Megan McKenna and Love Island's Mike Thalassitis ‘caught inhaling hippy crack’ from balloons as they party with TOWIE pals: Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis were seen inhaling from a balloon during a night out in London on Boxing Day.

BULGARIA

Bars flogging 'hippy crack' to boozed up Brits in wild Bulgarian ski resort: Bars in a ski village dubbed “Magaluf on Ice” are flogging balloons of hippy crack to boozed-up Brits.

USA

'Huffing' being investigated in death of 31-year-old Superior woman (CO): Investigators are trying to determine if "huffing" played a role in the death of a 31-year-old Superior woman after a can of compressed air was found next to her body.

Woman helped girls huff, MC sheriff says (FL): A video given to the Marion County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of a 26-year-old woman who stands accused of encouraging two underage girls to inhale from an air duster.

House committee rejects bill to legalize huffing (NH): Libertarian representative says he doesn't think practice should be illegal.

Huffing on the bus (WI): A man was captured on cellphone video appearing to inhale fumes to get high on a Milwaukee County Transit System Bus. It's not the police, but passengers themselves who jumped into action.

Buzzing Brain - Nitrous Oxide: from the Erowid Experience Vaults.

Man, who was on probation, sentenced to prison after huffing air, crashing & injuring 3 others (ID): A local man who huffed compressed air from an air duster and injured three people in a violent car crash was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday.

Other vehicle and traffic incidents caused by VSA were reported in MIBlue Ash OH and Fairview Park OH while other VSA-associated arrests took place in Marathon FL, Palm Bay FLIAIL, NHOHOK and WV.

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

Teens detained in Naryn for sniffing aerosol cans and drinking alcohol: Teenagers were detained for drinking alcohol and sniffing aerosol in a public order maintenance raid in Naryn, Turmush reported.

AUSTRALIA

Kids arrested after attempts to steal deodorant, which police believe was intended for chroming use (QLD): A girl has been caught on camera trying to rescue her friend after he became trapped trying to steal aerosols for “chroming” in Townsville.

SINGAPORE

Man who assaulted wife while in remission jailed: He also has issues with alcohol and inhalant abuse, and was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder.

BANGLADESH

2.5 million Bangladeshi children are drug addicts: The Dhaka-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) said 19 per cent of such children use heroin, while 28 per cent took tablets and another 8 per cent injected drugs. Cannabis, heroin, stimulant or sleeping pills, glue and gasoline sniffing are popular among such children in Bangladesh, the BSAF added.