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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.