Solvent Abuse Information from Re-Solve

Problems with

solvent abuse?

You’re not the only one. Each year, more than 17,000 people in the UK misuse solvents and gases found in everyday household products such as cigarette lighter refills, aerosols, petrol and some glues.

But solvent abuse kills.

The average age of death from solvent abuse in the UK is 30. About 50 people die each year. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve used solvents; you run the same risk of death as a first time user.

There is no ‘safe’ way to do it that will take away the risk of death from heart failure. But if you choose to abuse them:

 Don’t do it alone (someone with you can call an ambulance).

 Avoid spraying directly into the mouth.

 Avoid using plastic bags (this will lower the risk of suffocation).

 Don’t smoke or light cigarettes (solvents are highly flammable).

 Don’t mix with alcohol, any other drugs or prescribed medicines.


We’re here to help.

Please speak to your drug worker or talk to a specialist solvent abuse worker at Community for Recovery. This is the national support network for anyone whose life is affected by solvent abuse.

If you, or someone you know, is misusing solvents please contact us.

Phone 01785 810762

Live chat at

Text or WhatsApp

07496 959930

Online and telephone counselling available too

Updated August 2015, review date August 2016