Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA)
- Solvent based products
Former Legal Highs
- Party Pills
- 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
Key Facts & Figures
VSA kills on average two people every week in the UK.
In 67% of VSA deaths there was no evidence of previous abuse.
In 2016 8 deaths were due to the non-medical use of Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas).
Helium deaths rose from 2 to 42 in a 6 year period—these figures are not included in the Official VSA Report.
The youngest person to die from VSA was a 7 year old—the oldest was an 85 year old.
Butane lighter refills continue to claim the most lives - linked to 74% of all VSA deaths.
Sniffing itself is not illegal therefore it is easy for a user to argue that they are doing nothing wrong.
The average home contains over 50 products that can be abused.
Those who abuse these substances can be of any age, or come from any social, cultural or ethnic background.
VSA can damage all internal organs.
VSA is a powerful hallucinogenic which means people can put themselves at risk leading to tragic accidents.
VSA can create a high in 15-30 seconds, quickly leading to a mind altering state.
VSA does not show up in any non-invasive drug testing.
Crimes committed whilst high on these substances include murder, rape, assault, theft and vandalism.
The majority of drug users have admitted that VSA was their “Stepping Stone” to illegal drugs