Alabama residents walk to fight drug addiction

Alabama residents walk to fight drug addiction

  • August 2017
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About 120 residents of Alabaster, Alabama, joined in the first Heroin Overdose Prescription Elimination (HOPE) Walk at Veterans Park, to increase awareness of the growing drug abuse and addiction problem. Bradford Health Services, a local addiction treatment centre, and the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition co-sponsored the event. “Any time that you can speak on

US high school wants drug testing for parking permits

  • August 2017
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High school students in Bixby, Oklahoma will soon face mandatory drug testing before they can get a permit to park on school property. School officials say that using drugs and alcohol reduces students’ ability to drive safely as they park their cars and that requiring drug testing as part of the parking permit application will

Philippines approves mandatory drug testing for college admission

  • August 2017
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The Philippines have approved higher education institutions (HEIs) to implement mandatory drug testing of college applicants and students. Each HEI must first meet with students to discuss a proposed drug-testing program and receive approval from its board of trustees, directors, and regents before implementing the program. Patricia Licuanan, the chairperson of the Commission on Higher

Australian alcohol abuse greater problem than meth addiction

  • August 2017
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Australia’s top medical body has criticised the drug policy adopted by the Federal Government, claiming the emphasis on combating methamphetamine abuse is unwise, and that alcohol abuse is a greater problem. The Government’s recently released 10-year National Drug Strategy, names curtailing of meth abuse as its priority. Dr Michael Gannon, president of the Australian Medical

Bill to test drug use in unemployment insurance applicants

  • August 2017
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Georgia Congressman, Earl “Buddy” Carter, recently submitted a bill that would authorise states to use drug testing to determine whether an applicant is eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. The proposed Ensuring Quality in the Unemployment Insurance Program (EQUIP) Act would require states to assess all unemployment insurance applicants for drug abuse risk. “The Unemployment

Arkansas website aimed at combatting student prescription drug abuse

  • July 2017
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The US state of Arkansas has initiated an online education program called Prescription for Life (PfL). Their website will be free to high school students in Arkansas at the beginning of this school year to educate them about the harmful effects of prescription drugs abuse and what they can do prevent it. PfL’s website uses

Failed drug tests limit Ohio companies in hiring workers

  • July 2017
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Manufacturing companies in the US state of Ohio are having difficulty filling job openings due to many applicants failing drug tests. Local workers have the skills for the jobs paying $15 (£11.50) to $25 (£19.20) per hour and offer full a benefits package. But in some cases, almost half the applicants fail drug tests. The

New US website targets gateway drug abuse in colleges

  • July 2017
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The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has created a new site (campusdrugprevention.gov) to diminish illegal drug use on college campuses and prevent addiction later in life. “This is the latest effort to target drug abuse on college campuses,” said DEA spokesperson, Katherine Pfaff. “Prevention is a huge part of the issue, and so we want

Drug testing can detect second-hand marijuana smoke

  • July 2017
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Smoking marijuana has become legal in more US states and smoking it in public more common. Increased public use has led to people wondering about the impact of second-hand marijuana smoke. Popular culture has joked for years about people getting a ‘contact high’ from second-hand marijuana smoke. Several scientific studies on this assumption show that

Pennsylvania implements drug disposal pouch program

  • July 2017
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The US state of Pennsylvania plans to distribute 300,000 pouches for drug disposal in the 12 counties most affected by the upsurge in opioid use. The state’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, announced that beginning on 1 August, everyone filling prescriptions for Schedule II narcotics, including Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Percocet, at participating pharmacies would have the

Russia approves new anti-doping measures

  • July 2017
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In an attempt to rehabilitate Russia’s reputation after many scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs, the government has implemented a plan to take back government grants and prize money from athletes who fail drug tests after competing in their events. In the past, several Russian athletes have kept large amounts of prize money even after found guilty

South Africa has world’s highest drunk driving incidence

  • July 2017
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An international survey of drunk driving found that South Africa had the highest incidence in the world, at 58%. Canada ranked second at 34%, while China ranked last, at 4%. The South African Police Service (SAPS), in conjunction with other state and local authorities, is making a strong effort to reduce this rate – a

UK hay fever sufferers risk failing roadside drug tests

  • July 2017
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The NHS estimates that 10 million Britons suffer from hay fever, with many using medication to relieve runny noses and itchy eyes. But, pharmacists say that drivers taking excessive doses of over-the-counter remedies could find themselves in legal trouble by failing on-the-spot roadside drug tests. Motorists found exceeding the drug-driving limit due to taking a

Grandparents receive preference in child custody/substance abuse cases

  • June 2017
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Under a new law in the US state of New Hampshire, grandparents will receive preference in child custody cases that involve alcohol or drug abuse. This law is the first of its type in the US. The law will become effective on 1 January 2018. It gives legal preference to grandparents seeking guardianship or custody

US mentally ill patients receive 50% of opioid prescriptions

  • June 2017
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According to a study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, adults with mental illness receive 50% of the 115 million prescriptions for opioids in the US each year. The study results prompted the researchers to say that making improvements in pain management techniques for people with mental health issues is vital

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