ACTION – Solvent Abuse Drugs Waste Cleared


Members of Briton Ferry Action while out on a walk in Briton Ferry came across a collection of over 50 lighter gas cans dumped into a grass verge in the Giants Grave area of Briton ferry today.

Regarding the dumped cans found today as many cans as were accessable were removed from the verge and disposed of ready for council collection. Although a further litterpick will be required in this area as there is further waste that has been dumped in the immediate area, which there was not time to clear today.

The cans all displayed obvious signs of being misused for Solvent abuse due to evident tooth markings on the stalks to the cans. Glues, gases and aerosols contain volatile substances which are depressants, which means they slow down your brain and body’s responses and produce a similar effect to being drunk.

The effects of using solvents as a drug can vary from person to person and depend on what specific glue, gas or aerosol has been used, but the common effects can include:

  • mood swings
  • aggressive behaviour
  • hallucinations
  • vomiting and blackouts
  • Feeling like being drunk with dizziness, dreaminess, fits of the giggles, and difficulty thinking straight.
  • In the case of some glues, gases and aerosols, you can develop a red rash around the mouth.
  • Getting a hangover afterwards – such as a severe headache, feeling tired and/or feeling depressed.

Because glues, gases and aerosols are available as household products, some people think they are safe to use, but they’re not. Between 2000 and 2008, abusing glues, gases and aerosols killed more 10- to 15-year-olds than illegal drugs combined. They can kill the first time they are used. While glues, gases and aerosols aren’t illegal, this doesn’t mean that they are safe to use.

If you or someone you know is using solvents or if you would like more information we suggest you check out the following webpage which gives an Honest and FRANK look at the use of solvents.


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