Re-Solv has been campaigning to keep solvent abuse at the forefront of the public agenda since 1984. Our advocacy work has included:

  • In 2017, the ONS agreed to re-examine the data on VSA mortality in England and Wales, resulting in the publication in 2018 of a new report, Deaths related to volatile substances and helium in Great Britain: 2001 to 2016 registrations. This report was updated to include mortality information to 2020.
  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on NPS and VSA ran from 2016-2020, with Re-Solv and Mentor UK as joint secretariat.
  • In 2014, Re-Solv contributed to the Education & Prevention sub group of the Home Office’s Expert Panel on New Psychoactive Substances.
  • In 2013 Re-Solv met with the then Secretary of State for Health, Anna Soubry, who wrote to the Association of Convenience Stores to encourage them to raise the issue with over 1000 independent retailers. See Ms Soubry’s letter here.
  • In 2012 Re-Solv was active in reconvening the All Party Parliamentary Group on VSA, chaired by David Hanson MP.
  • In 2011 Re-Solv contributed to a new Framework on VSA published by the Welsh Assembly Government.
  • Recognition of the need to address VSA within schools, supported by the 2007 distribution of Hazard Crew to every secondary school in England and, in 2012, the publication and distribution of Buzzin’ in Scotland.
  • The implementation of the SACKI (Solvent Abuse Can Kill Instantly) warning on UK aerosol cans.
  • The removal of toluene from all UK consumer products.
  • The 1999 Amendment to Section 11(1) (b) of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 makes it illegal to sell butane gas lighter refills to under 18s.
  • The 1992 Public Health campaign that began a downward trend in VSA mortality.

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