US drug manufacturer fined $572m for fuelling opioid crisis

  • August 2019
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A court in the US state of Oklahoma has fined the major pharmaceutical firm, Johnson & Johnson, $572m (£469m) for running a ‘false and dangerous’ marketing campaign, which fuelled the opioid epidemic in the US and led to the addiction and death of many people. It is the first court ruling of its type against

Binge drinking by US seniors on the rise

  • August 2019
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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There has been much recent discussion about US millennials drinking less, but a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on 31 July, suggests that the opposite is true for US seniors. Researchers at NYU Langone Health in New York City analysed data collected from almost 11,000 US adults aged 65

US dentists prescribe opioids more often than UK dentists

  • May 2019
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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US dentists prescribe opioids 70 times more often than UK dentists, a recent study reveals. Also, US dentists prescribe the types of opioids that are more likely to have a high probability of misuse, including oxycodone. The study was conducted by researchers from the UIC College of Pharmacy in Chicago and published in JAMA Network

Northern Ireland Department of Health seeks public input on addiction solution

  • May 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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The Department of Health (DoH) has asked the public to submit their ideas on what to do to stem the alcohol and drug abuse crisis currently affecting Northern Ireland. It has launched a questionnaire as part of an initiative to develop an updated strategy to reduce the adverse health effects and deaths related to substance

Over 600,000 US parents of children addicted to opioids

  • May 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Around 623,000 US parents with children under the age of 18 are addicted to opioids, a new study found. Fewer than one-third of the parents are in a program to treat their drug abuse, according to the study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine journal this week. It means that almost 1% of parents

Denver first US city to decriminalise ‘magic mushrooms’

  • May 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Denver is about to become the first US city to effectively decriminalise magic mushrooms, according to the final unofficial tally of votes on the ballot initiative on the hallucinogenic drug, held on Wednesday, 8 May. The initiative called for no longer imposing criminal penalties for people at least 21 years old for possessing or using

Canadian government funds crackdown on drug-driving in Ontario

  • May 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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The Canadian government has stated that it will invest $17m (£15.4) in several programs in the province of Ontario to combat drug-driving. This initiative is included in the government’s commitment to spend $81m (£46.2) in support of road safety actions throughout the country. Bill Blair, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, said

Opioid medications in UK will have addiction warning labels

  • April 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Opioid medicines in the UK will soon carry prominent labels warning users about the risk of addiction, according to an announcement by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. The announcement came after data from the Department of Health found that prescriptions for opioids in England and Wales had increased by 60% during the past decade, rising from

Schools in Eastern Alabama now stocking opioid overdose drug

  • April 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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The Auburn City and Lee County School Systems in the east of the US state of Alabama can now administer Naloxone to their students. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of overdosing on opioids if administered promptly. The US is in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic, with people abusing both illegal

Clampdown on ‘cuckooing’ drugs expanded in Scotland

  • April 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Police Scotland has extended its clampdown on illegal drug dealers who use vulnerable people to supply drugs for them. Called ‘cuckooing,’ it describes the practice of drug dealers commandeering people’s homes in exchange for supplying them with drugs. The police had been clamping down on the practice in two towns in Aberdeenshire – Fraserburgh, and

Drug-driving arrests in Essex set records in March

  • April 2019
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Essex Police set a record for drug-driving arrests in March. It was also the third month in a row that more people were arrested for drug-driving than for drink-driving and was the fourth month out of the previous five for that occurrence. The police arrested 164 people for drug-driving in March, breaking the previous record

Crack cocaine users increase by 60% in Suffolk

  • April 2019
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Authorities have attributed aggressive marketing by drug dealers as a possible cause of the huge spike in crack cocaine use throughout Suffolk. A national report showed the extent of the increase in crack use in the county and noted that drug addicts have been able to buy crack more cheaply in recent years. One drug

Wolverhampton’s vulnerable families to get alcohol hub

  • March 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Wolverhampton Council has received £116,000 from Public Health England’s Capital Fund to develop a specialised unit to assist families coping with alcohol-related problems in the city. The funds will be used to create the alcohol hub in a facility owned by Recovery Near You, a regional drug and alcohol treatment provider. Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the

Matrix Diagnostics now working with Crystal Health Group

  • February 2019
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Matrix Diagnostics is pleased to be working with the team at Crystal Health Group and support them in their growth plans in key markets. Crystal Health Group provides DNA testing and drug and alcohol testing throughout the UK. Founding in 2005, the company currently operates a network of over 150 mobile collection offices and clinics

More drug disposal boxes in Weymouth public toilets

  • November 2018
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Extra disposal boxes for drug users could soon be available in public loos in Weymouth town centre. The borough council has already placed six ‘sharps’ boxes in public toilets, with expectations that they will authorise more. The boxes encourage drug users to safely dispose of needles and other items associated with drug use. At a

Drug abuse prevention program expands in Indiana schools

  • October 2018
  • Posted By James Lawson
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A pilot program that teaches high-school students the proper way to use prescription drugs and how to fight against the use of illegal drugs will be expanded into 18 more counties in the US state of Indiana. The 45-minute computer-based program, called the Prescription Drug Safety Network, will be available to students during the school

Videogames affecting children’s brains like drugs and alcohol

  • June 2018
  • Posted By James Lawson
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MRI scans have shown that addictive video games such as Fortinte can affect children and teenagers’ brains in a similar way to drug and alcohol abuse. The scans found that the brain’s ‘reward’ system of children who use video games and social media show the same changes as those found in the brains of drug

University of Buckingham to become UK’s first drug-free campus

  • May 2018
  • Posted By James Lawson
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The University of Buckingham intends to ask its students to sign a contract pledging that they will not use drugs on university property in an attempt to become the first drug-free campus in the UK. The university’s vice-chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, unveiled the proposal after published data reported that the number of students disciplined for

Vaping may lead to teen marijuana use

  • April 2018
  • Posted By James Lawson
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According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, teenagers who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke marijuana later, especially if they begin vaping at an early age. The study was conducted by researchers at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Researchers surveyed 10,364 individuals between the ages of 12 and

Drug abuse lowering life-expectancy in 19 US states

  • April 2018
  • Posted By James Lawson
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Drug abuse, alcohol abuse and other “diseases of despair” are a major factor in reducing life-expectancy rates in 19 US states, resulting in a slight decrease the average life expectancy for the country as a whole. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that previously declining mortality rates in

Drug traces detectable on fingertips of non-users

  • March 2018
  • Posted By James Lawson
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A new study reported that more than 10% of non-drug users have trace amounts of drugs detectable on their fingertips. The study, undertaken by University of Surrey researchers and published in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry, found that 13% of the UK non-drug users evaluated had traces of heroin and cocaine on their fingertips even

Study finds marijuana causes less brain damage than alcohol

  • February 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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A common stereotype depicts marijuana users as not very clear-headed, and perhaps lacking some brain cells. But a recent study, published in the journal, Addiction, by US researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, concluded that the use of marijuana was less damaging to the human brain than alcohol. The research seems to show that

Prison raid reveals huge haul of drugs, weapons, and phones

  • February 2017
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A raid at a Derbyshire prison has revealed a huge haul of prohibited substances, including heroin, with a value of £350,000. The raid was carried out at HMP Dovecote, on the border of Derbyshire. While the raid was being carried out, the prison was in lockdown. Prompted by intelligence, the available prison staff, accompanied by

Biggest global drug survey launched in the UK

  • December 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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The biggest global drug survey has been launched in the UK, with the expectation that hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world will be involved. Started in 2011, The Global Drug Survey is now an annual event. The organisers include charities, doctors, and researchers from more than 20 different countries. The survey will ask respondents about

Cancer drugs have surprising fertility results

  • December 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A cancer drug may have the potential to help infertile women to produce more viable eggs. By analysing ovarian tissue taken from 11 women having chemotherapy treatment for cancer, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have discovered that the drugs appear to be able to reverse a woman’s biological clock. Of the 11 women in

Experts claim more spent on junk food than cancer drugs

  • November 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Health experts claim that Britain spends significantly more money on junk food than it does on cancer drugs, following calls for reform of NHS rationing. A new report by University College London has called for a ‘more humane’ approach to the funding of drugs. The call is accompanied by a warning that the UK falls

Increase in IVF complications causes fertility drug concerns

  • November 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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The increase in the number of women suffering serious complications with IVF treatments during 2015 has caused concerns about the use of potent fertility drugs. New figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) show that during 2015, 60 women were hospitalised diagnosed with severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This represented a 40% increase on 2014.

Cancer drugs possibly aided by gut bacteria

  • November 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A new study suggests that bacteria in the human digestive system may aid the efficacy of cancer drugs by altering the way they work. Immunotherapies can clear even terminal cancers in a tiny proportion of sufferers. These treatments enable the body’s own defences to tackle cancerous tumours. But a study by the University of Texas

Glasgow drug room gets the go-ahead

  • November 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A drug facility, known as a ‘fix room’, where drug addicts can inject substances safely and under supervision is set to become a reality in Glasgow. It is expected that the city council, police and health board members will agree in principle over the setting up of the drug facility. The facility is an attempt

New cancer drug could be ‘game changer’

  • October 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A new drug for treating cancer is being described as a potential ‘game changer’ after showing promising results, which were presented at the European Cancer Congress. A study focused on cancer of the head and neck found that patients given the drug nivolumab had longer survival times than those whose cancer was treated with more

Report reveals HMP Coldingley’s uncontained drug culture

  • October 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A new report has revealed severe concerns about the drug culture at HMP Coldingley in Bisley, Surrey. The report, by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), claimed to be ‘extremely worried’ about the availability of drugs and other illegal substances at the prison. The drugs culture was described as being out of control, resulting in high

NHS wasting money treating male menopause

  • September 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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The NHS is allegedly spending huge amounts of money on drugs to treat the male menopause when many of the symptoms can be attributed to lifestyle choices. Middle-aged men are being given testosterone when they complain of feeling tired, experience erectile dysfunction, and suffer from mood swings. A recent study has revealed, though, that many

Keith Vaz resigns over allegations of drugs and sex

  • September 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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The Labour MP, Keith Vaz, has announced that he will resign from the position as chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee. This follows allegations by a Sunday newspaper that he paid for sex. The newspaper alleged that Mr Vaz met with two Eastern European men at his London flat over a week ago with

Body found of missing legal high-taking teenager

  • August 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Police have found the body of the missing Devonian teenager who was believed to have fallen into a river in Devon naked after taking the drugs formerly known as legal highs. Witnesses saw 16-year-old Nathan Wood running and without any clothes on near the River Dart in Totnes, Devon. He was said to be in

South Ayrshire sees last head shop close

  • July 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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The last shop in South Ayrshire, selling the substances formerly known as legal highs, has closed for good. South Ayrshire Council has welcomed the closure, which follows a new blanket ban on the dangerous substances, which came into effect on 26 May. The new legislation – the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 – means that it is now

Evidence of weapons and drugs found after stabbing in club

  • March 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A karaoke club in Liverpool has been closed by police after evidence of weapons and drugs were found following the stabbing of a teenage girl. The city centre venue, Dione (KTV), was searched by police in February when they attended what was termed a ‘large scale disturbance’. The incident culminated with the stabbing of a

Schoolboys on critical list after taking legal high drugs

  • March 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Three teenage schoolboys from Salisbury are in a critical condition after taking legal high drugs on Friday. It is believed that the schoolboys took the dangerous substances whilst in the Queen Elizabeth Gardens area of Salisbury. Police are investigating the incident – which almost resulted in the death of all three boys – and attempting to

Legal high ban welcomed by Ulster councillor

  • February 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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The upcoming ban on legal high drugs has been welcomed by the councillor for Lisburn and Castlereagh City. The new legislation − the Psychoactive Substances Act − has now received the necessary royal assent and will be implemented in April. The new law will mean it will be illegal to produce, supply and import the

Prisons to implement legal high tests to drive down violence

  • December 2015
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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New tests to detect the presence of legal high drugs are to be implemented in prisons in a bid to drive down violence. Ministers say that the new drugs test will be able to detect the legal highs known as Spice and Black Mamba, which are thought to be a causal factor in the increase

Club drugs to be prohibited by legal high ban

  • September 2015
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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New legislation proposed by the home secretary will outlaw drugs usually that are usually available in clubs, according to a Home Office minister. Mike Penning, the police minister, made his statement as Theresa May prepares to meet with drug experts next week to discuss the problems associated with the intended blanket ban. Criticism of the

New legal high blanket ban unenforceable, advisers claim

  • July 2015
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Government advisers claim that new legislation to introduce a blanket ban on all legal high drugs is unenforceable. The proposed ban put forward by the home secretary, Theresa May, has been criticised by her own expert advisers on drugs. They claim that unless the legislation undergoes rigorous rewriting, it could lead to “serious unintended consequences”.

Suspected European legal high killer drug seized in Derby

  • June 2015
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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A legal high drug that is suspected of causing several deaths in Europe has been found in Derby. The legal high, nicknamed ‘Black Mamba’, was discovered in Derby city centre when police were called to attend an incident. The substance was seized by the police and sent away for testing. The test results revealed that

Children using energy drinks as a form of legal high

  • April 2015
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Teachers have issued a warning about children using energy drinks as a form of legal high, making them hyperactive during classes. As a result, teachers are calling for greater restrictions to be placed on the availability of energy drinks such as Red Bull and Monster. The teaching union NASUWT is working with Swanswell, a drug

Legal highs suspected to have caused two deaths at party

  • April 2015
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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Legal high drugs are suspected to have caused the death of two men and the hospitalisation of another after a party in Wales. Stephen John and Dean Boswell were both found dead the day after attending a party in Pembroke Dock, West Wales; the two men were cousins. A third man was taken to hospital

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