Prevention is key, which means that any education about solvent abuse needs to start before exposure or experimentation is likely.
Most experimentation takes place between the ages of 12 and 16, though children under 10 years of age have died from the effects of VSA.
Reports indicate that the age of experimentation is dropping, with incidents of children as young as 6 becoming involved, often encouraged by older children.
Between 1971 and 1997 most deaths from VSA occurred in the 14-18 age group, representing approximately 62% of all VSA deaths.
Young people remain the group most affected by VSA and of the deaths in 1997, 49% were aged under 20.
Solvent abusers can be male or female, although there are a higher number of solvent related deaths in boys.