The misuse of household products such as gases, glues and aerosols (also known as Volatile Substance Abuse, or ‘VSA’) is a serious problem in the UK, but remains one of the least talked about forms of drug use.

Re-Solv is here to help anyone whose life is affected by volatile substance abuse, whether directly or indirectly. You don’t have to tackle this problem alone – we’re here to talk to (01785 810762), email (information@re-solv.org), live chat, or help you find a local support service.

We have tried to answer the most frequently asked questions about VSA here. What you do need to know is that volatile substance abuse can and does suddenly and unpredictably kill, and that there is no ‘safe’ way to do it that avoids this risk.

Founded in 1984, Re-Solv is the UK’s leading agency working to end volatile substance abuse and support those whose lives are affected by it.

NEW – Community for Recovery

The first national support network for all those whose lives are affected by volatile substance abuse is now online at communityforrecovery.org. If you, or someone you know, misuse gases, aerosols or other solvents, we are here to help.

VSA Headlines

Paramedic struck off: A paramedic with the Great Western Ambulance Service has been struck off for inhaling gas while on duty.

Read more at our news blog.

25 years of Volatile Substance Abuse. Part of our BIG Lottery funded Research Project, this report looks into the changes and trends in VSA mortality between 1983 and 2007.

Advocacy work – Re-Solv has been highly successful in engaging with government to raise the profile of VSA amongst policymakers. See an example here.


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