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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Volatile substance abuse. Medical Journal of Australia, 154, 269-272.
Information Officer, Re-Solv (The Society for the Prevention of Volatile Substance Abuse) High Street, Stone, Staffordshire
The line is available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and offers information and support regarding solvent and volatile substance abuse issues.
I suggest you contact Re-Solv, the Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA).
Inhaling butane gas, used in the lighter refills, accounted for 56 per cent of the 73 deaths from so-called Volatile Substance Abuse in 1997, according to statistics from St George's Hospital Medical School.
And it's probably the most unusual case of volatile substance abuse I have heard of."
Not to the man who was recently made an OBE for services to the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse. Sixteen years ago he founded the charity Re-Solv, of which he has been chairman ever since.
"Volatile substance abuse kills 11 times more youngsters than Ecstasy."