Police warn about heroin cut with powerful tranquillisers

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

Former policeman advocates overhaul of UK drug policy

  • January 2017
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A former police officer claims that the UK’s current drug legislation has failed to produce results and that the idea of a drug-free society is a fantasy. This is what Durham Police Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg believes. He has called for a reform of cannabis legislation, making it allowable for medicinal purposes, as well as

Blanket ban on NPS has driven drugs underground

  • January 2017
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Last year’s ban on the drugs formerly known as legal highs has resulted in zero prosecutions or cautions issued in three-quarters of the police force areas in Wales. The blanket ban on new psychoactive substances (NPS) came into force in May 2016, making it illegal to manufacture, distribute, sell or supply the substances. Since enforcement

New anti-HIV drug trial by the NHS

  • December 2016
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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

Higher number of Lincolnshire drivers under drug influence

  • December 2016
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Police in Lincolnshire have seen an incredible increase in the number of drivers operating their vehicles while under the influence of drugs. The county’s police have tried to crack down on such behaviour by training more of their officers to detect drugs. They have also implemented a text alert program, where a person can inform

Biggest global drug survey launched in the UK

  • December 2016
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The biggest global drug survey has been launched in the UK, with the expectation that hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world will be involved. Started in 2011, The Global Drug Survey is now an annual event. The organisers include charities, doctors, and researchers from more than 20 different countries. The survey will ask respondents about

Doctors give warning over illegal clubbers’ drug

  • December 2016
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A new psychoactive substance, formerly known as a legal high, can cause serious damage to clubbers who continue to use the outlawed drug. Doctors warn that the damage can include hair falling out and even blindness. The drug they warned about is MT-45. It was first developed in the 1970s for use as a painkiller

Police sniffer dogs search pubs and clubs for drugs

  • December 2016
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Humberside Police will use sniffer dogs to detect drugs in pubs and clubs during the Christmas period. In this initiative, named Operation Yuletide, Humberside Police has already visited 21 pubs across their policing region. This includes visits to Beverley, Brigg, Hedon, Hornsea, and Scunthorpe. The Scunthorpe visit resulted in the detection of two, small discarded

Nobel Prize winner requests rethink on drugs war

  • December 2016
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A Nobel Peace Prize winner has asked for the world to have a rethink about the war on drugs in his acceptance speech. Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, claimed that the current zero-tolerance policy could be causing more harm than all the other conflicts being fought across the globe today. In a speech

Cancer drugs have surprising fertility results

  • December 2016
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A cancer drug may have the potential to help infertile women to produce more viable eggs. By analysing ovarian tissue taken from 11 women having chemotherapy treatment for cancer, researchers at the University of Edinburgh have discovered that the drugs appear to be able to reverse a woman’s biological clock. Of the 11 women in

New anti-HIV drug trial by the NHS

  • December 2016
  • Posted By Kathryn Mccormick
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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

Alcohol-regulating hormone may create drug to prevent cravings

  • December 2016
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A drug that prevents a craving for alcohol may soon be a possibility. This follows the discovery of a hormone that regulates the human desire to drink alcohol. Researchers have discovered that the liver hormone, FGF21, has an important role in determining drinking limits. They claim that this discovery may lead to the creation of

Police make £3.36m drugs haul in N.I

  • November 2016
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Police have seized drugs worth £3.36 million in Northern Ireland as part of an operation to fight drug dealing on the country’s streets. The police operation, named Operation Torus, began on 5 September and ended on 31 October. In this period, police made 674 searches and 586 drug seizures. They arrested 370 people, with 279

World leaders call for legalisation of drugs

  • November 2016
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Leaders around the world have called for drugs to be legalised following a report that claims prohibition has almost no effect on drug use. The report, published by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, supports the removal of penalties, both criminal and civil, against those found in possession and those found using drugs. The report

Government urged to reform drug strategy and legalise cannabis

  • November 2016
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A new report claims that the government needs to reform its current drug strategy and legalise the use of cannabis in the UK. The report, titled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis Legislation, by the Adam Smith Institute, a free-market think tank, calls the British policy on cannabis a

Experts claim more spent on junk food than cancer drugs

  • November 2016
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Health experts claim that Britain spends significantly more money on junk food than it does on cancer drugs, following calls for reform of NHS rationing. A new report by University College London has called for a ‘more humane’ approach to the funding of drugs. The call is accompanied by a warning that the UK falls

Increase in IVF complications causes fertility drug concerns

  • November 2016
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The increase in the number of women suffering serious complications with IVF treatments during 2015 has caused concerns about the use of potent fertility drugs. New figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) show that during 2015, 60 women were hospitalised diagnosed with severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). This represented a 40% increase on 2014.