Alcohol impact greater on women than on men

Alcohol impact greater on women than on men

  • June 2018
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Men used to be the dominant alcohol drinkers in Western countries. But, as advertisers have devoted more effort in marketing to women, the imbalance between male and female drinkers has decreased. While it is almost twice as likely for men to binge drink than women, the disparity is no longer correct for the younger generations.

One-quarter of Finnish youths know a drug-driver

  • June 2018
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According to a new study commissioned by Finland’s Road Safety Council and conducted by polling firm Kantar TNS, about 25% of Finnish youths between the ages of 15 and 20 said they knew somebody who had committed a drug-driving offence. The survey showed that drugs were playing a larger role in young people’s lives. Laura

Videogames affecting children’s brains like drugs and alcohol

  • June 2018
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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

Is DNA a predictor of opioid addiction?

  • June 2018
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Bentley University, in the US state of Massachusetts, and Gravity Diagnostics, in the state of Kentucky, have formed a partnership to determine whether DNA is a predictor of addiction to opioids. The research could apprise physicians prescribing opioids to treat pain how probable it is that a patient will become addicted to the drugs and

Alcohol could contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease

  • June 2018
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According to a new study by researchers at Chicago’s University of Illinois, alcohol could impair the body’s ability to clear plaque from the brain, which could lead to declining cognitive function and Alzheimer’s Disease. The research team evaluated the impact of alcohol on microglial cells, which are the first line of defence for the spinal

Wisconsin drug-driving death rates match alcohol-related equivalent

  • June 2018
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Wisconsin, USA, has one of the highest drink-driving rates in the country, even though alcohol-related traffic accidents have been in decline for the past ten years. But, as drink-driving rates have decreased, drug-driving rates have increased as the opioid crisis has worsened and marijuana use has become more widespread. Because of these divergent trends, drug-related

Alcoholic beverages in India to have drink-driving warning

  • May 2018
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To create more awareness about the dangers of alcohol abuse, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed all states and territories to place warning labels on alcoholic beverages, saying alcohol consumption has negative health impacts, and that people should not drink and drive. The warning labels are the result of a

US shellfish test positive for opioids off Seattle coast

  • May 2018
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Researchers from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have discovered that mussels in the waters of Puget Sound, off the coast of Seattle, tested positive for opioids. The scientists said the findings indicated that many Seattle residents were using oxycodone. The researchers were conducting a study of pollution in the waters off Seattle.

Alcohol and tobacco are the worst addictive drugs

  • May 2018
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According to a study published in the journal Addiction, alcohol and tobacco pose the greatest threats of all addictive drugs to the welfare of the world’s population. A team of 17 researchers analysed data compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and

Drug abuse on the rise in Zimbabwe

  • May 2018
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Zimbabwe is undergoing an emerging drug abuse epidemic. Until recently, the only drugs available in the country were marijuana and ‘Bronco’, a prescription cough syrup containing codeine that is manufactured in South Africa. A drug dealer interviewed by the Zimbabwean news website, Khuluma Afrika, said that most of his customers now want to buy ‘upfu’

UK’s first recreational drug-testing facility opens in Bristol

  • May 2018
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After a series of pilot tests at UK music festivals, the country’s first recreational drug safety testing facility opened last weekend, in Bristol. The Loop, a drug safety charity, runs the pop-up lab which can test the strength and quality of drugs provided by recreational users. Both the courts and the police support the testing

Some hay fever medications can violate drug-driving laws

  • May 2018
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Weather conditions in the UK are improving as summer approaches, but pollen counts continue to increase. About 20% of UK residents suffer from hay fever, and an estimated 95% of them are allergic to grass pollen. If you suffer from hay fever and wish to drive, your allergy can cause several problems. Some of the

Low-cost chip may make cocaine breathalyser feasible

  • May 2018
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Researchers at the University at Buffalo, New York, have developed an inexpensive chip that can detect the presence of cocaine. The research team hopes that the chip is the first step in developing a portable cocaine breathalyser that can detect whether a person has recently used the drug. The chip was developed using a process

Western Australia drug-drivers to receive instant licence bans

  • May 2018
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Drug-drivers in Western Australia (WA) will be subject to instant suspension of their driving licence as part of the proposed strict new measures the government is developing to keep these drivers off the roads. The proposed regulations will end a loophole allowing drug-drivers to remain on the roads until their court date, while drink-drivers currently

High-school students learn from drink-driving simulation

  • May 2018
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Earlier this week, dozens of students from Auburn High School in Auburn, New York, took part in a drink-driving simulation. Katy Foster, a student at the school, found drink-driving more difficult and dangerous than she thought it would be. By the time she completed her digital drive, her many driving violations had racked up fines

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

  • May 2018
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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
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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

Police crackdown on drug-drivers in US states

  • April 2018
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State and local police departments in six US states have announced that they will be stepping up enforcement of drug-driving laws. The campaign is called ‘Drive High, Kiss Your License Goodbye!’ and is being conducted in partnership with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enforce zero tolerance for breaking drug-driving laws. Throughout the

England and Wales: 75% of drug violations marijuana-related

  • April 2018
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Recently released data indicated that most recorded drug law violations in England and Wales are for the possession of drugs, with possession of marijuana comprising most of those violations. On Tuesday, the House of Commons Library released data on the 136,352 recorded drug law violations in England and Wales from April 2016 to March 2017.

Study finds 16 million US adults use prescription stimulants

  • April 2018
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According to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 16 million US adults are using prescription stimulants to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The research, published on Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, analysed data gathered from individuals aged 18 and older who participated in the National Survey on Drug

Drug abuse lowering life-expectancy in 19 US states

  • April 2018
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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

Kenyan youth turning to codeine-based cough syrup highs

  • April 2018
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There are currently thousands of young people in Nairobi and North Eastern Kenya who are abusing the popular cough syrup Benylin to get high. Benylin is codeine-based and is a narcotic cough-suppressant and pain-reliever like hydrocodone and morphine. As the demand for the drug by young adults and teenagers has increased, the price of the

Drug overdose deaths high at British seaside resorts

  • April 2018
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According to a report published on Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), seaside holiday resorts comprise six of the top-ten cities and towns in England and Wales with the greatest number of deaths due to drug overdoses. ONS said that Blackpool, probably the most famous British seaside town because of its tower, recorded

Marijuana legalisation could help reduce US opioid addiction

  • April 2018
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According to two studies published on Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, medical marijuana use could help reduce opioid addiction in the US. In one study, investigators from the University of Georgia, Athens, analysed data from 2011 to 2016 compiled by Medicare Part D, a prescription drug program administered

Drug traces detectable on fingertips of non-users

  • March 2018
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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

New Jersey police officers subject to random drug testing

  • March 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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Every police officer in the US state of New Jersey will now have to submit to random drug tests, according to a directive issued by Gurbir Grewal, the state’s Attorney General. Grewal also issued a second directive, which requires all police departments to install ‘early warning systems’ that would be triggered by problematic behaviour, including

Medication drop-off boxes available in Kitsap County, Washington

  • March 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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Kitsap County in the US state of Washington installed eight secure kiosks last week to provide residents with a safe method of disposing of unwanted or expired drugs. Officials with the Kitsap Public Health District said that it would install extra drop-boxes in the future as part of a programme with drug manufacturers that pay

Dorset has one of UK’s top drink-driving arrest rates

  • March 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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Recently-compiled data shows that Dorset has one of the highest percentages of drink-drivers in its residents compared to other locations in the UK. The county’s police department has the fifth-highest drink-driving arrest rate among jurisdictions in the UK. During a 12-month period, police officers have made 849 arrests for drink-driving, a rate of 1.19 arrests

Walmart offers free opioid disposal product to Delaware customers

  • March 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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Research conducted by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse found that a prescription drug was the first opioid used by 75% of people who have abused drugs since 2000. To help reduce the easy access to prescription drugs, Walmart, which is the largest retailer in the US, has been embarking on a project to

Concern about increased baby boomers’ drug and alcohol abuse

  • March 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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A recent report warns that drug and alcohol abuse among UK baby boomers is steadily increasing. Data showed that alcohol-related deaths among people aged 50 and over had increased to 5,208 in 2016, from 3,582 in 2001, an increase of 45%. The report also found that deaths among older people due to drug abuse had

Almost 500 Sussex drug-driving arrests in 2017

  • March 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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In 2015, the government instituted regulations to make it illegal to drive above the limits specified for 17 illegal and legal drugs. On the third anniversary of the drug-driving regulations, Sussex police released data on the number of arrests due to these laws, and also reminded drivers that the policies make it more likely that

Drink-driving limit on skippers in Australia’s Northern Territory

  • March 2018
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The Northern Territory (NT) government in Australia confirmed yesterday that, as a result of its comprehensive review of its current alcohol policy, it would impose a blood alcohol limit of 0.05 on boat skippers. The limit is the same as the restriction on the divers of vehicles on NT’s roads. Currently, NT is the only

ETSC recommends alcohol interlocks in buses, lorries and vans

  • February 2018
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The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has recommended that alcohol interlocks be mandatory on all new buses, lorries, and vans in EU, and in cars used by individuals repeatedly convicted of drink-driving. These devices test the vehicle driver’s breath and prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver tests above the legal limit. The recommendations

Alcohol abuse tied to the risk of early-onset dementia

  • February 2018
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According to a study published in Lancet Public Health on Tuesday, people who abuse alcohol increase their risk of developing early-onset dementia. The study evaluated over 1 million adults who were hospitalised in France between 2008 and 2013 with a diagnosis of dementia, a clinical condition that shows cognitive ability progressively decreasing. The researchers evaluated

Northeast Texas hospice initiative disposes of surplus drugs

  • February 2018
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The families of patients receiving hospice services in five Northeast Texas counties now have an extra way to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. Cypress Basin Hospice in Mount Pleasant, Texas, has joined the Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse in Tyler, Texas. The aim of the coalition is to prevent drug abusers from gaining

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

Concern at 700% drug-driving increase in Ireland

  • February 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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The number of motorists who have failed roadside drug tests has increased by 700% since the introduction of testing in Ireland since April 2017. The release of the data prompted road safety advocates to urge they receive more resources to combat drug-driving, fearing that drug-driving could become as deadly as drink-driving. Susan Gray, the founder

Drug and alcohol abuse reducing US life expectancy

  • February 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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A report, released yesterday, stated that US life expectancy had declined for the second year in a row, due to increased drug and alcohol abuse, as well as suicides. Published in the BMJ, previously called the British Medical Journal, the report found that the decrease in life expectancy was especially prevalent in middle-aged, white US

Almost two-thirds Singapore new drug abusers below 30

  • February 2018
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) reported yesterday that almost two-thirds of new drug abusers, arrested in 2017, were under the age of 30. The number of arrests for drug abuse last year totalled 3,089, a decrease from 3,265 arrests in 2016. But, about 40% of those arrested last year were new drug abusers, and of

Legislators consider banning paper prescriptions to deter drug abuse

  • February 2018
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Legislators in the US state of Iowa are considering legislation that will require electronic, rather than paper, issuing of most drugs prescriptions. The pharmaceutical industry supports the proposal, which is seen as an effective method of preventing patients from copying or altering written prescriptions to acquire extra medication, and will it help to prevent pharmacists

Pakistani province begins process for mandatory student drug testing

  • January 2018
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Syed Murad Ali Shah, the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Sindh province, issued a directive yesterday to begin the legislative process to make drug testing mandatory for all students in private and government educational institutions. During a meeting convened to review the danger of drug abuse in Sindh schools, Shah directed government officials to draft legislation

12% of West Australian drivers admit to drink-driving

  • January 2018
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According to data from the latest annual review of government services, released by Australia’s Productivity Commission, drivers in West Australia (WA) are the country’s worst drink-drivers. About 12% of WA drivers admitted to driving with blood-alcohol levels exceeding the legal limit during the past six months, an increase from 10.5% in 2015-2016. Only motorists in

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
  • Posted By Dave Hobart
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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