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Fumes - The Truth About Inhalants

The truth about inhalants.

In 2020, a 16 year old girl was found by Queensland Police in bushland, unresponsive after directly inhaling toxic chemicals from several deodorant cans. She now suffers a permanent brain injury. This injury was the resu
9/28/2022

1. Chloe

Season 1, Ep. 1
On a June evening in 2021, Sara Nevins is awoken by a knock at the door. It’s the police. They’ve come to tell her that her 16 year old daughter, Chloe, is in the intensive care unit.Chloe was found in bushland in the Logan area of Queensland, Australia, unresponsive after directly inhaling toxic chemicals from several deodorant cans. She was engaging in a cyclic trend known as “chroming”, one of many names for volatile substance misuse, a surprisingly common form of drug use that flies under the radar for most parents. Chloe now suffers a permanent brain injury and is in need of 24 hour care.With the help of Sara and experts in the field, we start to unpack how an everyday product like deodorant caused such catastrophic injuries, and discover a range of products that are being misused to achieve momentary “highs” - and a creeping social issue linked to retail theft, injury - and even death. Fumes is an original investigative series from Swivol Media exploring the issue of volatile substance misuse. Hosted Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace. Produced by Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace and Lauren Fitzgerald, Sound Design and Mix by Rob Clarke, additional production and design from Amanda Reedy, Kendra Christiansz, and Allison Craighead. Executive Producer Scotty Allen. Please visit www.swivolmedia.com for more information. You can also join the “Fumes - The Truth About Inhalants” Group on Facebook (coming soon)If you’re concerned that someone you know may be misusing inhalants, you can call the National and Other Drugs Hotline in Australia on 1800 250 015 for free and confidential advice. 
9/28/2022

2. Nicholas

Season 1, Ep. 2
Nicholas Douglas died in Mackay, Queensland at age 17 from "chroming" deodorant. His mother Dianne had no idea of his chronic inhalant misuse until after his funeral, when she found multiple empty aerosol cans - including deodorant, fly spray, and insect bombs, in his room while cleaning up after his passing. How does a parent deal with the sudden loss of a child in circumstances like these? For Dianne, it’s about finding answers - and making sure other parents know what she didn’t.But what answers are there to be found? Why inhalants kill some and not others when deliberately inhaled via “chroming” is still not well understood by professionals in the field. We speak to an addiction physician to learn what we can about the impact of inhalant misuse on the body and the signs of inhalant misuse to look out for.Fumes is an original investigative series from Swivol Media exploring the issue of volatile substance misuse. Hosted Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace. Produced by Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace and Lauren Fitzgerald, Sound Design and Mix by Rob Clarke, additional production and design from Amanda Reedy, Kendra Christiansz, and Allison Craighead. Executive Producer Scotty Allen. Please visit www.swivolmedia.com for more information. You can also join the “Fumes - The Truth About Inhalants” Group on Facebook (coming soon)If you’re concerned that someone you know may be misusing inhalants, you can call the National and Other Drugs Hotline in Australia on 1800 250 015 for free and confidential advice.
10/26/2022

4. The Statement

Season 1, Ep. 4
After Chloe Rowe's injury from inhaling aerosol deodorant in 2021, a representative for the family reached out to the manufacturer of the product she used, and received a statement, later also issued to media who covered the story, that seemed to acknowledge the issue and promise some action. As it turns out, it was a version of a statement that's been doing the rounds for quite some time.What is the responsibility of manufacturers of aerosol products when it comes to volatile substance misuse? Is it an equal burden to be carried by all players in the industry, or should the maker of the perceived product of choice, and the product liked to the most reported deaths from volatile substance misuse in Australia, be expected to lead the way?We speak to a chemical engineer from the University of Sydney to understand the science behind aerosols and any potential for making a change to make them harder or impossible to use. Then, we attempt to reach out to the manufacturer and Australia's leading professional body of aerosol manufacturers, and the final response we receive sends our investigation in an unexpected direction.-------Fumes is an original investigative series from Swivol Media exploring the issue of volatile substance misuse. Hosted Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace. Produced by Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace and Lauren Fitzgerald, Sound Design and Mix by Rob Clarke, additional production and design from Amanda Reedy, Kendra Christiansz, and Allison Craighead. Executive Producer Scotty Allen. Please visit www.swivolmedia.com for more information. You can also join the “Fumes - The Truth About Inhalants” Group on Facebook (coming soon)If you’re concerned that someone you know may be misusing inhalants, you can call the National and Other Drugs Hotline in Australia on 1800 250 015 for free and confidential advice.
11/4/2022

5. The Inquest

Season 1, Ep. 5
Host Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace and Producer Scotty Allen discuss the recent inquest into the death of Bradley Hope, a 16 year old who died after chroming aerosol deodorant.The inquest held in the NSW Coroners Court is the first inquest held into a chroming-related death, and sought to understand not just the manner of Bradley's death but the wider issues surrounding volatile substance misuse in Australia.Phoebe and Scotty talk through the elements of the inquest which are allowed to be reported on, the links to some of the findings of the research undertaken to produce this podcast, and most importantly, what impact the possible findings to be delivered by the Coroner might have on the issue of VSM, aerosol manufacturers, and more. -------Fumes is an original investigative series from Swivol Media exploring the issue of volatile substance misuse. Hosted Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace. Produced by Phoebe Zukowski-Wallace and Lauren Fitzgerald, Sound Design and Mix by Rob Clarke, additional production and design from Amanda Reedy, Kendra Christiansz, Will Alexander, and Allison Craighead. Executive Producer Scotty Allen. Please visit www.swivolmedia.com for more information. You can also join the “Fumes - The Truth About Inhalants” Group on Facebook (coming soon)If you’re concerned that someone you know may be misusing inhalants, you can call the National and Other Drugs Hotline in Australia on 1800 250 015 for free and confidential advice.