Wednesday, March 02, 2011
by Jan Abrams
We have arranged an evening on Thursday 10 March, from 7.00 pm, for a member of the “Solve It” team to come and speak to parents of year 5 and 6 children. The talk will last approximately one hour.
‘Solve It’ is a charity that was set up by a nurse who found her 16 year old son dead on the bathroom floor, as a direct result of volatile substance abuse (VSA).
We list some points on VSA:
* Volatile Substances are easier for young people to access than illegal drugs.
* VSA kills at least one young person every week in the UK.
* There is no such thing as a typical sniffer. Those who abuse these substances can come from any social, cultural and ethnic background.
* VSA is a powerful hallucinogenic and which means that young people can put themselves at risk and this may lead to tragic accidents.
* The vast majority of drug users have admitted that VSA was their “Stepping Stone” to illegal drugs.
* In 2004 in 23% of deaths there was no evidence of previous abuse.
* VSA can damage the lungs, liver, kidneys, brain, heart and central nervous system.
* The youngest person to die from VSA was a 7 year old – the oldest 80 years old.
For these and many more reasons, we feel that it is a very important message to help inform parents and their children.
Therefore, year 5 and 6 pupils will be receiving informative instruction on this type of abuse, by the ‘Solve It’ team, as part of the PSHE / drugs curriculum and this will be on Monday 21 March 2011.
We would like to invite parents of year 5 and 6 children to come along on Thursday 10 March 2011 this session is for adults only and is not suitable for children.
Please may we ask you to let us know whether you will or will not be attending.
We shall obviously provide refreshments and this would help us for numbers. Please return the tear off slip below by Monday 7 March.