The great concern with solvent abuse
is that it can prove fatal to first-time users.
The two-year research study of EAL in the treatment of First Nations youth solvent abuse
got underway at the end of June.
And the vast majority of drug users have admitted that solvent abuse
was their 'Stepping Stone' to illegal drugs.
Symptoms of solvent abuse
include slurred speech, paranoia and anxiety.
The centre provides long-term solvent abuse
treatment to youth age 15 to 24.
Inhalant and Cocaine Abusers with Subcortical Abnormalities, by Brain Region Affected Solvent Abuse
(n=50) Cocaine Abuse (n=51) Basal Ganglia 11 (22%) 1 (2% Cerebellum 21 (42%) 9 (18%) Pons 20 (40%) 5 (10%) Thalamus 5 (10%) 2 (4%) Note: Table made from bar graph.
The 1980s saw the biggest epidemic of solvent abuse
but it had been steadily going down until now.
Miss Wallace described Gill's solvent abuse
as "horrific" and said he had appeared in the youth court aged just 11, for stealing nail varnish to sniff.
John McVey added: "We're extremely concerned - solvent abuse
in Scotland is far worse than anywhere else in the UK.
Thanks to a small group of youth determined to do something about the situation of solvent abuse
in their community, help from the federal government is on the way.
The mother, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, has three other children, two of whom are handicapped as a result of her solvent abuse
The six youngsters, and a dozen others who were addicted to solvent abuse
, were flown out for treatment.
Heath Kelvin Jones, a former resident of Bryn Alyn, was found dead in 1992 in a bedsit, aged 18, from acute respiratory failure due to solvent abuse
The charity has achieved national recognition and praise, and now deals with about 700 people a year who are affected by drug, alcohol or solvent abuse