Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA)

Volatile Substances

  • Aerosols
  • Gasses
  • Glues
  • Solvent based products

Former Legal Highs

  • Party Pills
  • Spice
  • Ket
  • Snapchat/Strawberry Meth (these are just 2 of the many names these pills would be sold under).
Former Legal Highs now reclassified as illegal (26/05/16) still available just like Illegal Drugs, they have gone up in price and are stronger!

Laughing gas put me in a wheelchair...

A young woman from Bristol has been left unable to walk after inhaling laughing gas.

Doctors have told Olivia Golding the nitrous oxide has led to her spinal cord and nervous system being damaged. 

She's sharing this warning so others to take the dangers seriously.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2PfEaaE

Via ITV News West Country

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Key Facts & Figures

Deaths involving volatile substances registered between 2001 and 2016.
in 2016 there were 69 helium related deaths.
In 2016 there were 94 Volatile Substance Abuse deaths recorded in the UK.
VSA Facts
  • In 2016, there were 64 deaths related to volatile Substances registered in Great Britian; over 80% of these volatile substance abuse (VSA) deaths were male.

  • There were 834 deaths involving volatile substances registered between 2001 and 2016. 

  • The mortality rate has remained similar throughout that time period, with 1 VSA-related detath per million population in 2016. 

  • Residents of Scotland and North East England had an increased risk of death related to VSA, when compared with Great Britain overal.

  • There were 69 deaths involving helium  in 2016 and 509 helium deaths in total between 2001 and 2016. 

  • Helium-related deaths have increased over time, with a mortality rate of 1 per million population in 2016.