Rwanda begins campaign to attack drug-related crime

Rwanda begins campaign to attack drug-related crime

  • January 2018
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Yesterday, Rwanda began a campaign to stem drug-related crime, as increased drug abuse in the country has raised alarms. Religious organisations are also involved in the campaign, which will include increasing community police presence and instituting extra measures to curtail drug abuse. In a statement announcing the campaign launch, Rosemary Mbabazi, Rwanda’s minister of youth,

New South Wales strengthens drug-driving laws

  • January 2018
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This week, the government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia announced a strengthening of its drug-driving laws and an increase in roadside drug testing. NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said that in 2017, 392 people died in accidents on the region’s roads. According to a preliminary analysis of the data, drug-impaired drivers were the major

Hundreds of UK soldiers discharged for drug abuse

  • January 2018
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Hundreds of soldiers in the UK armed forces are discharged each year due to abusing drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, ketamine and anabolic steroids. The latest data released by the government showed that 489 members of the armed forces were dismissed because of drug abuse between January and September of 2017. The number discharged in 2016

Turkey’s drug problem reaches epidemic proportions

  • January 2018
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Officials and experts in Turkey warn that the country’s drug addiction crisis has reached epidemic proportions, despite a nationwide crackdown on drug trafficking. They noted that the age at which drug use starts has dropped dramatically, and that suitable programs for treating drug addicts are lacking.   Ulkumen Rodoplu, the founding president of the Emergency

Drug and alcohol tests for Barbados public transport drivers

  • January 2018
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Barbados is set to amend its Road Traffic Act to require random drug and alcohol testing of individuals who drive public service vehicles (PSV) and articulated vehicles. Sharmane Roland-Bowen, the President of the Barbados Road Safety Association (BRSA), has urged owners of these types of vehicles to inform their drivers and employees of the impending

Dubai police deploy drug awareness robot

  • January 2018
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Dubai Police have enlisted a robot to assist in raising public awareness of the harm caused by abusing drugs. The robot is named Amal, a word that translates as ‘hope’ in English. The robot will reach out to people in various public settings, informing them of the potential dangers that can result from drug abuse.

US teens prefer marijuana and vaping over tobacco

  • January 2018
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According to a study by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more US teenagers are vaping and smoking marijuana than are using tobacco products. The study, titled ‘Monitoring the Future’ reported that 23.9% of high-school seniors smoked marijuana during the 30-day period before responding the survey, while 9.7% said they smoked tobacco during

Parental drug abuse linked to Minnesota foster care placements

  • December 2017
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Referrals to child protective services in the US state of Minnesota continue to rise, with the main reason for the increased number of children in foster care being drug abuse by their parents. Data, released yesterday by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, showed that in 2016, the agency received more than 39,700 reports of

Slight decrease in Gloucestershire drug driving arrests

  • December 2017
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Drug driving arrests in Gloucestershire have decreased slightly in 2017, after rising from less than two dozen to several hundred during the previous three years. 256 drivers were arrested for drug driving in 2017, a decrease from 277 in 2016. Roadside swab tests for drugs were introduced in 2015 and were responsible for the increase

Drink-driving decreases in Singapore

  • December 2017
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Singapore has stepped up its roadblocks and patrols in more than five broad areas throughout the country. These include public entertainment venues, and densely-populated urban areas, as police send a strong warning to anyone considering drinking before they drive. These efforts have had a positive effect, as the number of accidents attributed to drink-driving decreased

One million Australians abuse pharmaceutical drugs

  • December 2017
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According to a study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, almost one million people in the country are misusing and abusing pharmaceutical drugs, with misuse of legal painkillers becoming particularly problematic. The study noted that most people abusing painkillers were obtaining the drugs legally from doctors and pharmacists. More than 50% were purchasing

Insufficient public transport fuels drink driving in North Wales

  • December 2017
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The lack of adequate public transport in North Wales could be a factor in the region’s high incidence of drink-driving charges. An investigation conducted by the Press Association found that more drivers in rural areas were charged with drink driving, with the second-highest incidence of charges in the UK recorded by North Wales Police. According

Health charity calls for free drug safety testing

  • December 2017
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A health education charity has called for the availability of free drug safety testing after the death of two teenagers at a Plymouth nightclub, last Saturday. The teenagers died from a suspected overdose of the drug MDMA. After the tragedy, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) issued a statement recommending the availability of ‘free

Australia scraps plan for welfare recipient drug tests

  • December 2017
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A plan to test welfare recipients in Australia for drug use has been scrapped because the Senate would not approve a trial of the scheme. The federal government had hoped to administer drug tests to 5,000 welfare recipients at three trial locations in Western Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales, starting in January 2018. The

Cumbria Police tackle drink and drug driving before Christmas

  • December 2017
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Cumbria Police are getting extra training in apprehending people under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving. Police departments throughout the UK will be tackling drug and drink driving during the lead-up to Christmas, as the risk of people driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs increases after festive parties. Police officers are now

Australia begins 12-day roadside drug testing for truck drivers

  • November 2017
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Australia has begun a nationwide drug testing effort focusing on the trucking industry. Titled Operation Austrans, the program to combat drink and drug driving commenced on Tuesday 28 November and runs until 9 December. This is the second phase of the drug testing enforcement program this year. The first ran from 20 March to 1

Alcohol abuse costly to Birmingham and Sandwell NHS

  • November 2017
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According to recently released data, the annual cost to the NHS for alcohol abuse in Birmingham and Sandwell is £72.1m. Each month, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (SWBH) treats about 300 patients for some type of alcohol abuse. The Trust released the figures during Alcohol Awareness Week, the theme for which focused on

25% of Arizona teenagers abuse prescription opioids

  • November 2017
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According to a survey by the health-care provider, Dignity Health, about 255 teenagers in the US state of Arizona have taken highly addictive opioids in a way not directed by their physicians. Digital Health surveyed 313 teenagers and 201 parents and found that 56% thought opioid abuse was a serious problem, the same percentage who

Opioid crisis intensifies in Florida

  • November 2017
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According to a recent report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, opioid deaths in the state increased by 35% in 2016. The report, based on data compiled by medical examiners throughout the state, shows that deaths due to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl increased by 97% in 2016 and that the presence of fentanyl

Two meds for opioid addiction found effective and safe

  • November 2017
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A new study, published in The Lancet, shows that the two main medications prescribed to treat patients for opioid addiction appear to be equally effective and safe. To test the two drugs, 570 addicts took either buprenorphine or naltrexone for 24 weeks. More than 80% of the participants in the study were addicted to heroin.

Deaths from opioid overdoses decrease in Massachusetts

  • November 2017
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In the US state of Massachusetts, deaths from opioids have decreased by about 10% year-on-year, although opioid-related deaths are still above the state’s historical average. On Monday, Massachusetts reported that about 1,470 people died due to opioid overdoses during the first nine months of 2017. While the number is greater than the total annual deaths

Drug Take-Back Day huge success in Alabama

  • November 2017
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Residents of the US state of Alabama turned in 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of prescription drugs for safe disposal on the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, conducted by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its state partner agencies. The event took place at 52 collection centres in Alabama and almost 5,000 locations throughout the

Michigan introduces roadside drug testing

  • November 2017
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Beginning on 8 November, police officers from 12 agencies in the US state of Michigan will deploy handheld devices to test for the presence of numerous drugs in the saliva of drivers under a pilot program across five counties. Police will use the Alere DDS2 oral fluid test device, said Shanon Banner, the spokeswoman for

Australian state proposes to stiffen drunk-driving penalties

  • November 2017
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Under strict new laws proposed yesterday by the Australian state of Victoria, first-time and low-level drunk-driving offenders could have their driving licences cancelled immediately and be mandated to install an interlock device on their vehicle. The provisions of the new law would require the immediate cancellation of driving licenses for three months for people with

West Virginia requires drug testing for welfare recipients

  • October 2017
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Residents of the US state of West Virginia are now subject to drug screening when applying for welfare benefits. On Monday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced the drug screening requirement for applicants enrolling in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The state legislature included the screening in

Schools providing free drug-testing kits to parents

  • October 2017
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School district officials in Nordonia Hills, Ohio are collaborating with the local police department until 31 October, to give free drug-testing kits to the parents and guardians of students. The initiative is part of Red Ribbon Week, a week-long promotion focusing on drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse awareness. “We look at all of our students

29% of US college students think ADHD drugs improve grades

  • October 2017
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A recent survey found that many US college students mistakenly believe that abusing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderall, will enhance their academic performance and improve their grades. Researchers from the University of Maryland, the University of Washington, the University of Albany and the US National Institute on Drug Abuse surveyed

University security personnel fight opioid epidemic

  • October 2017
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Responding to the nationwide opioid epidemic in the US, security personnel at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, are now required to carry a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose. Opioid abuse has become so widespread among college students that the university now mandates the inclusion of a course about the effects of

Opioid epidemic strains child foster care system

  • October 2017
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As opioid abuse surges, the US state of West Virginia has experienced an increase of foster-care placements of children due to drug-related issues at home, and the state is having difficulty in hiring enough child welfare caseworkers to meet the increased demand. In a testimony to the Joint Committee on Children and Families on the

Agency implements new drug tests to hasten court trials

  • October 2017
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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has implemented a new drug test to hasten court trials and place criminals in jail or into drug treatment programs. BCA is one of a handful of drug testing labs in the US to use it. The purpose of the new procedure is to clear a large backlog

Florida legislator proposes limiting opioid prescriptions

  • October 2017
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Florida State Senator, Aaron Bean, filed a bill on Monday with the Florida Legislature, which would limit patients’ initial prescriptions for opioids to a seven-day supply. The bill’s intent is to curtail the oversupply of opioids that is fuelling the opioid abuse epidemic in the US. It would permit physicians to prescribe a 30-day renewal

Australia proposes exempting self-driving cars from DUI laws

  • October 2017
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The Australian National Transport Commission (NTC) has recommended that people operating fully self-driving vehicles should not be subject to laws making it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The report is in response to NTC’s 2016 directive to change transportations laws, allowing Australians the benefits of using self-driving cars. The

Quick test to detect amphetamine use under development

  • October 2017
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Scientists in South Korea have announced the development of a portable device that can rapidly detect the presence of amphetamines in urine. The prototype test device pairs a wireless sensor with a smartphone app. The developers said that the device can detect the presence of amphetamines in a drop of urine in a few seconds.

Prescription drug abuse causes 71% of Australian drug-related deaths

  • September 2017
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According to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the country experienced the highest drug-related death rate in the past 20 years, with 71% of the 1,808 deaths attributable to accidental overdoses of prescription drugs. Benzodiazepines, used to treat anxiety, were responsible for 37% of drug-related deaths, and prescription painkillers, including morphine and

30-second fingerprint test could reveal drug use

  • September 2017
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Researchers at the University of Surrey and the Netherlands Forensic Institute have developed a method of using fingerprints to determine whether a person has used cocaine. The research is the first large-scale investigation of cocaine users and could bring a breakthrough in detecting the use of Class A drugs. The researchers used a process called

Binge drinking damages employment chances for US college graduates

  • September 2017
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According to research by the universities of Cornel and Tel Aviv, college students who drink heavily six times a month reduce their probability of being hired after graduation by 10%. Students who drank heavily four times a month saw their probability of employment reduced by 6%. The research also found that every episode of binge

Can VR help prevent teen alcohol and drug abuse?

  • September 2017
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Researchers from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia believe that a virtual reality (VR) house party app called Blurred Minds: Perfect Pour can help prevent teens from abusing drugs and alcohol. The research team describes the app as an ‘innovative gamified alcohol education program.’ The app lets users enter a VR house party where illegal drugs

Americans hoarding large amount of opioids

  • September 2017
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According to a recent study by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, about 92% of patients taking prescription painkillers do not finish using them. Less than 10% dispose of their excess medications properly, either by returning them to pharmacies, hospitals, or other designated return locations. Mark Bicket, a pain-management specialist at Johns Hopkins, and

Alcohol factor in over half of Cork male suicides

  • September 2017
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According to Prof. Ella Arensman, Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), approximately 85% of men in Cork, Ireland, over the age of 40 who committed suicide since 2008, had a history of abusing alcohol. During the same period, about 55% of men under 40, including teenagers, who took their own lives,

Top health official proposes regulations to fight opioid abuse

  • September 2017
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The Arizona Department of Health Services director proposes to limit the number of pills containing opioids that physicians can prescribe to patients, to make it illegal to issue paper prescriptions for opiates and for doctors to give patients the drugs directly. Dr Cara Christ also wants bottles containing opioids to have a red cap, reinforcing

US overdose deaths from synthetic opioids increased in 2016

  • September 2017
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New data, released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), shows that 64,070 people died from drug overdoses in the US last year – an increase of 21% over the 52,898 deaths in 2015. The number of deaths from drug overdoses is almost twice as high as those from motor vehicles and

Bhutan to require mandatory drug testing for government employees

  • August 2017
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In support of Bhutan’s effort to discourage drug use and keep the civil service drug free, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has announced that all current government employees and applicants for government jobs will undergo mandatory drug testing from 1 January 2018. The announcement stated that the drug testing system supplements the requirement that

Unfilled jobs cause some employers to waive drug testing

  • August 2017
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One of the consequences of the opioid epidemic in the US is the difficulty many employers have in finding people to hire who can pass a drug test. Employers in the northern area of the US state of Indiana, where several manufacturers are located, are facing this problem, with the result that many are relaxing

Most opioid abusers do not stop even after overdosing

  • August 2017
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You might think that one good consequence of a drug overdose would be to scare the drug user into stopping. A new study, by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, found that it is not usually the case. The study found that there was a 10% decrease in filling prescriptions for opiates