PGA Tour strengthens drug-testing policy

PGA Tour strengthens drug-testing policy

  • June 2017
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The PGA Tour announced it is strengthening its drug-testing policy, to include blood, as well as urine-testing. The policy is effective from the start of the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 season, in October. The tour plans to increase the substances it bans, conforming to the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA). The PGA is adding

Opioid abuse by US youth increases by 600%

  • June 2017
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According to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, opioid addiction among US youth aged 25 and below, increased by almost 600% from 2001 to 2014. But, only a small number of those addicts received medical treatment that could prevent overdosing or relapsing. Only approximately 27% of the young Americans treated for addiction to

Oklahoma drunk driving offenders required to install ignition interlock

  • June 2017
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The US state of Oklahoma is implementing stricter measures to combat drunk driving. Governor, Mary Fallin, signed a bill into law mandating that all first-time drunk driving offenders place an ignition interlock in their car. Supporters think the new law, effective from 1 November, will reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. An

Uninsured in the US likelier to abuse prescription drugs

  • June 2017
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Drug overdose deaths in the US are increasing due to the crisis in opioid addiction. Opioids are a group of drugs that include Vicodin, OxyContin, fentanyl, and heroin. A recent analysis by the New York Times found that more than 59,000 people in the US died from drug overdose in 2016 – a 19% increase

Wisconsin requests approval to test Medicaid applicants drug use

  • June 2017
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Wisconsin has requested the US government to allow it to be the first state to test Medicaid applicants for drug use. Medicaid is a health care program for low-income families and individuals, funded by the US government and administered by individual states, which can tailor its coverage. In a press release, Governor Scott Walker praised

New Jersey drivers could lose licence by drunken boating

  • June 2017
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Residents of the US state of New Jersey could lose their license to drive an automobile if convicted of operating a boat while drunk. Between six and 20 arrests are made in New Jersey each year for operating a boat while impaired by alcohol, said Sgt Christopher Jones of the New Jersey State Police Marine

Drugged driving more common than drunk driving in US

  • June 2017
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A man riding his bicycle on a rural road in the state of Ohio died after being struck by a car. The cyclist was familiar with the route he was travelling and was not at fault in the accident. According to police officials, the cyclist was the victim of a drugged driver. This fatality is

Australian health advocates want alcohol advertising ban near schools

  • May 2017
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Health advocates recommend banning alcohol advertising near schools in Victoria, the nation’s most densely-populated and second most populous state. Cancer Council Victoria warns that student exposure to alcohol advertising can lead to binge drinking. Cancer Council Victoria surveyed 4,400 Victorian students aged 12 – 17. Results showed that students exposed to alcohol advertising were 1.5

Two US Catholic high schools propose mandatory drug testing

  • May 2017
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Two Catholic high schools in Dayton, Ohio plan to begin testing all students for drug use in response to the growing opiate epidemic in the country. According to school administrators, both Carroll High School and Chaminade Julienne High School are adopting the mandatory drug testing as a component of a wider program addressing health and

Music festival organiser proposes testing drugs before attendees use them

  • May 2017
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One of the UK’s largest music festival organisers has plans to allow festivalgoers to test their drugs at the site before they use them. This unconventional scheme is designed to reduce drug-related deaths. Festival Republic Head Melvin Benn is looking for support from the West Yorkshire police and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) before

US workers – alarming rise in positive drug tests

  • May 2017
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An analysis of 10 million drug tests taken by US workers reveals a failure rate of more than one in 25. Quest Diagnostics discovered that the use if illicit drugs in the US workforce is now at its highest in 12 years. The senior director of science and technology at Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions, Dr

New laws could affect underage drinking in Scotland

  • May 2017
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New alcohol laws introduced in Scotland could reduce the levels of underage drinking in the country. Following the introduction of new drinking legislation in Scotland, it is now an offence to give, or to serve, a child or young person with alcohol in a public place. The restrictions form a part of new legislation entitled

Police probe into manipulated drug test data extended

  • May 2017
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An investigation into the accusation that drug test result data has been manipulated has now been extended and will cover thousands of blood samples. According to the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), many convictions could be overturned where there are no existing samples available for retesting. Most of the 6,000 samples to be collected will

Vaping results in more than half UK smokers quitting

  • May 2017
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A new study suggests that, for the first time, more than 50% of people in the UK who use electronic cigarettes have given up smoking tobacco. The survey, which covered 12,000 adults, was commissioned by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). It revealed that 1.5 million vape users are now ex-smokers, compared with the 1.3

Another man’s death linked to deadly heroin

  • May 2017
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Police have given another warning to heroin users about batches of the drug containing fatal ingredients. This follows the death of a 43-year-old man in West Yorkshire. The man, who has not yet been named, was discovered on Sunday, at a house in a village called Fitzwilliam, near Wakefield. At the time of his discovery,

Almost 1000 Northern Ireland people received opiate addiction treatment

  • May 2017
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Last year, almost 1000 people in Northern Ireland received treatment for opium addiction. The Public Health Agency released figures showing that 922 patients were registered to use substitute prescribing services for the financial year 2015/16. This represents a 44% increase on the same period six years before. The substitute prescribing programme was set up more

Police warn about heroin cut with powerful tranquillisers

  • April 2017
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Police detectives have issued a warning that heroin is currently being cut with a substance that makes it 10,000 times stronger than regular street heroin. The warning follows tests carried out on drugs recovered by police officers while they were investigating six fatalities in Yorkshire. The drugs they found had been contaminated with a strong

Research suggests white wine can trigger rosacea in women

  • April 2017
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New research has led to a warning that drinking large quantities of white wine can significantly increase the risk of rosacea developing in women. Rosacea is a skin condition where a stinging rash develops, causing red flushing of the face and dilated blood vessels. While white wine in the form of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or

New microscopic probes may soon improve drug testing

  • April 2017
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Engineers have developed new microscopic probes to measure the amount of electrical activity in animal cells, which may lead to a significant advance in drug-screening methods. Working at Rice University, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Jacob Robinson invented nanoSPEARs, nanoscale suspended electrode arrays, to provide researchers with access to the electrical activity in

School teachers becoming reliant on drugs to combat stress

  • April 2017
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A new study shows that some teachers are suffering so much stress at work, they are using drugs and stimulants to cope. Organised by the NASUWT teaching union, the poll showed that 83% of school teachers believe their job has had a negative impact on their life during the last 12 months, affecting their wellbeing

New study reveals high alcohol consumption by pregnant women

  • April 2017
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A new study has revealed that more women in the UK consume alcohol while pregnant than women in 10 other European countries. Almost 8,000 women took part in the survey across 11 European countries. The figures revealed that 28.5% of UK respondents admitted they had drunk alcohol when they knew they were carrying a child.

Airport alcohol ban to clamp down on in-flight violence

  • April 2017
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A new ban on the consumption of alcohol before passengers board their plane has been proposed, in a bid to tackle in-flight violence. Currently, the restrictions on alcohol in shops and pubs do not apply to airports under the Licensing Act, 2004. This means that holidaymakers at airports can buy alcohol at any time of

New psychoactive substances show up in hair testing

  • April 2017
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Over the last ten years, many hundreds of drugs, known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), have come onto the market, taking advantage of governments slow to implement legislation making them illegal. New psychoactive substances are synthesized to replicate the psychotropic effects produced by more traditional drugs. But, their potency and high toxicity, as well as

Significant increase in drone use for prison drug drops

  • April 2017
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There has been a significant increase in the number of reports made to police about criminal activity being carried out by drones, including drug drops into prisons. Drone-related incidents reported to police are 12 times higher than the number reported three years ago. During 2016, various police forces recorded 3,456 drone-related incidents compared to 1,237

NHS bans prescription heartburn and indigestion drugs to cut costs

  • March 2017
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To cut costs, the NHS will soon no longer prescribe heartburn and indigestion drugs. The new scheme is part of a wide prescription review, with the details of the new rules due to be released for consultation on Friday. It will be prohibited doctors from prescribing drugs readily and inexpensively available from high street chemists.

Cheap drugs and fewer antibiotics saves £2million

  • March 2017
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Suffolk GPs have lowered the cost of prescription medications by almost £2 million, compared to the figures from 2016. This has been achieved by GPs reducing the number of prescriptions they make for antibiotics, and by prescribing cheaper drugs. It has followed closer scrutiny being given to repeat prescriptions and for ‘delayed’ medication, which is

National database launched to help doctors understand synthetic drugs

  • March 2017
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A new national database has been launched to help doctors understand the effects of new psychoactive substances (NPS). The database was announced by health chiefs and launched on 22 March. Called the Report Illicit Drug Reaction (RIDR), it is expected to aid doctors who currently have a poor grasp and understanding of the banned drugs.

Drug taking in amateur sport reaching crisis point

  • March 2017
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Drug taking in amateur sport is on the way to reaching crisis point, according to the national body for clean sport, UK Anti-Doping. The claim followed a BBC poll on doping incidences in amateur sport. The poll revealed that 35% of people playing at amateur level claim to know someone who has been doped. Of

Technology may be replacing teenagers’ drug use

  • March 2017
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New research suggests that digital technology, such as smartphones and tablets, is replacing teenagers’ use of drugs. It appears that teenagers have become addicted to technology, leaving them no time or inclination to experiment with alcohol or drugs. This trend has been around for the last 10 years, and experts have come to the conclusion

Study links depression and drug use to later synthetic cannabinoid use

  • March 2017
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A new study suggests that people who drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, or show symptoms of depression are more likely to use synthetic cannabinoids a year later. The study, which is the first prospective examination of synthetic cannabinoids (SCs), was published in the medical journal, Pediatrics. It is also the first to assess whether the use

Local authorities winning the drug war in Plymouth

  • March 2017
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The authorities in Plymouth are tackling drug problems in the region by removing troublesome drug-taking neighbours. The crackdown is part of an initiative by Plymouth City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, and Devon and Cornwall Police. The most recent target for their crackdown was a house in Plymouth, where both guns and drugs were found. The

Police to hand out drugs to tackle drug-related crime

  • March 2017
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Police will hand out drugs to heroin addicts in an attempt to prevent drug-related crime. Durham Constabulary will be the first UK police force to try such an initiative. It will put money aside from its budget to source the heroin, which it will then give out, free, to heroin addicts. It is hoped that

Hospital admissions for drugs and mental health reach decade high

  • March 2017
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The number of people admitted to English hospitals for poisoning or mental health issues related to drugs has reached its highest for the past decade. Official figures show 15,074 incidences of people in hospital because of illegal drug poisoning in the period 2015-16, representing a 51% increase on figures for 2005-6. Mental health cases related

Alcohol abstinence growing trend among under-25s

  • February 2017
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A growing number of young people are turning their backs on the drinking habits of their parents and choosing to engage in ‘mindful drinking’, where they sometimes abstain from drinking alcohol altogether. According to statistics from the Office for National Statistics, a fifth of adults aged 25 and under are teetotal, with this number increasing

Brain scans may reveal potential drug problems in teens

  • February 2017
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Scientists claim that scanning the brains of teenagers may help to predict whether they will develop problems with drugs in the future. The international team of scientists studied adolescents known to act more impulsively than others in their age group because impulsiveness has sometimes been linked to drug misuse. The scientists found that those teenagers

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

  • February 2017
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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

Numbers of kids abusing drugs spike in Bristol

  • February 2017
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There has been a sharp and shocking rise in the number of children in the Bristol area being exposed to drug and alcohol abuse, according to new figures. In the South West of England, the NSPCC received almost 650 calls from residents, contacting the charity to inform them of the potential misuse of drugs and

Drug testing not carried out on many football players

  • February 2017
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New official figures reveal that a high percentage of football players who played in the English Football League (EFL) during the last season were not tested for drug use.UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) carries out drug testing on behalf of the Football Association. In 2015-16, Ukad took 1,204 samples from a total of 1,989 players who were

Malaria drugs fail for the first time in UK

  • February 2017
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An important malaria drug has failed to cure patients in the UK for the first time, according to doctors. The combination drug failed to cure four patients on whom it was used to treat malaria. All four patients had recently been to Africa, and the failure of the drug is an early sign that the

Legislation change will make synthetic cannabis illegal

  • February 2017
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People using certain synthetic drugs in the West Midlands will find they are on the wrong side of the law when new legislation comes into force. Drugs covered by the new law include the synthetic cannabis drugs known as Mamba and Spice. These are thought to be in common use, particularly among young and vulnerable

Drugs being thrown over prison walls every day

  • February 2017
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A report has found that Illegal drugs are being thrown over the walls every day at a prison already struggling to cope because of staff shortages. The report, carried out by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, also warned that violent incidents, already high at HMP Exeter, could become worse. The prison watchdog stated that there were

Imprisonment could result for those caught with so-called legal highs

  • January 2017
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The police in Staffordshire have warned the public that if they are found with synthetic cannabinoids, such as Black Mamba and Spice, they will be liable to a fine that is unlimited or could even serve a prison sentence of up to five years. These so-called legal highs are relatively easy to obtain and comparatively

New anti-HIV drug trial by the NHS

  • January 2017
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A controversial new drug, which is hoped to prevent the transmission of HIV, is due to be made available by the NHS next year. A three-year clinical trial, involving 10,000 people, and costing £10 million will make possible a nationwide rollout of the anti-HIV drug known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The decision to go ahead

Possible link between heartburn drugs and asthma in babies

  • January 2017
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New research suggests that pregnant women who take drugs for heartburn may be increasing the risk of their child becoming asthmatic. An analysis of 1.3 million children showed that if their mothers had been prescribed drugs to treat the acid reflux they experienced during pregnancy, they were more likely to need treatment for asthma during