The misuse of legal drugs, in particular 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. Volatile substances such as poppers and nitrous oxide are also among the most popular ‘legal highs’.

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. We are now also running a new, community based project to help raise awareness about new psychoactive substances, often known as ‘legal highs’.

NEW Community Prevention Project in Stoke-on-Trent

Re-Solv are delighted to have received Big Lottery funding to run a new project in Stoke-on-Trent, working with the community to reduce the  harms associated with solvents, gases and new psychoactive substances.

Find out more.

Community for Recovery

If you misuse products such as aerosols, lighter fuel or solvents – or someone you know misuses them – we’re here to help.

Find us here.

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.

VSA Headlines

Re-Solv’s regular round-up of news stories from the UK and around the world.

Read more at our news blog.


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