Solvents are everyday products such as glue, aerosol sprays, cleaning fluids, paint, petrol and butane gas. Methods of use vary from spraying directly into the mouth to sniffing and inhaling products from their container or from a plastic bag. Solvent abuse is very dangerous and can kill first time.
Breathing in gas or fumes to get high is VERY dangerous. It can kill on the first go.
It kills one person every week. Long term abuse can cause brain, liver and kidney damage. The effects can feel similar to being drunk – feeling dizzy, giggly and dreamy or they may see or hear things which are not real, have feelings of depression or become drowsy.
Use of solvents can lead to mental health problems.
Who you can talk to:- the obvious people might be parents, a best friend, a teacher, youth worker or Connexions worker but you could also Call Re-Solv’s freephone national helpline 01785 810762 or Childline 0800 1111
Lots of the young people who helped write this info were concerned that if they talked to a professional either face to face or on a helpline that what they said would be confidential. There is no reason why you could not ask the person to explain what they meant by confidentiality so that you are clear about this from the start. Usually confidentiality means that they will not tell your parents/carers or anyone else about anything you have told them unless you give them permission to do so. The only time they may tell someone else would be if they were concerned that you were in danger.
BT's advice about helplines is as follows: Please be aware that any helpline number you call may be listed on your telephone bill – you can prevent this by either calling from a public phone box or by using a friend’s phone.
Or ring the National Drinkline Helpline – 0800 917 8282.
For help locally contact Impact Alcohol Advisory Services (Impact only work with young people aged 16+) Tel: 01743 245552
To find out more visit these websites:-
Or ring Quitline for friendly help and advice on giving up smoking: 0800 022 4332. For help locally call Help 2 Quit: 01743 366940
Tel: 01952 249131 (Support for parents/families of drug users.)
Oswestry Families Affected by Alcohol or Drugs
Tel: 01691 662618 Supported self help group for family and friends affected by drugs.
Oswestry Youth Cafe: Oswald Road Oswestry, SY11 1LB. Information, support and advice is offered through Shropshire Youth Association. For more information on opening times call: 01691 656559
South Shropshire Youth Forum Harvest House, Portcullis Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1PZ. Tel: 01584 877782,