Volatile substance abuse is a large and complex problem. Because volatile substances are often household products, and easy to access, some people think they are safe to use to get high. They’re not.

If misused as a drug, volatile substances have the potential to kill – even the first time.

The Chief Coroner has released a report about volatile substance abuse, documenting the high number of deaths among New Zealand youth in the past decade (click here to download his report). The Child and Youth Mortality Review (pending) will also address the issue.

It’s clear that the time for action is now – but what can we do?

There are many opinions about how we can address the problem of volatile substance abuse, however most agree there is no single answer to what appears to be a growing problem.

Click on Lets get talking to meet some of the people we have spoken to, and hear their thoughts about volatile substance abuse.

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