Volatile Substance Abuse


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A specific form of substance abuse that encompasses any inhalant which can evoke the desired 'high'. Inhalants include adhesives (which contain toluene and xylene), aerosol sprays (butane, halons), lighter fluid (butane), dry cleaning and stain removers (trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene), paint thinners, typewriter correction ('white-out') fluids, nail varnish remover (acetone), amyl nitrate, etc.
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In Wales, the total number of deaths from volatile substance abuse (VSA) stands at 90, although there was a rapid fall in statistics during the early '90s thanks to a publicity campaign among young people.
The line is available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, (excluding public holidays) and offers information and support regarding solvent and volatile substance abuse issues.
Mechanisms of sudden death associated with volatile substance abuse.
Sir, - With reference to your article 'Coroner's warning after sniffing death' (Post, Sep 13),your readers may be interested to note that Re-Solv, the Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) operates a freephone national helpline: 0808 800 2345.
For more information call Re-Solv - the Society For The Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse - on its freephone helpline 0808 800 2345 or visit website www.
VOLATILE substance abuse has claimed more than 1850 young lives in Britain over the last 30 years.
Tracey, helpline officer, Re-Solv (Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse.