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Addicts to use UK’s first heroin-assisted treatment centre

Addicts to use UK’s first heroin-assisted treatment centre

  • June 2019
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Heroin addicts will be able to use the drug in the UK’s first heroin-assisted treatment centre in an attempt to save lives and reduce crime. The proposed centre, in Middlesbrough, will be open seven days a week. Participants in the scheme will inject themselves three times daily under the supervision of health staff. The centre

Anxiety drugs linked to a 26 per cent increase in suicide risk study shows

  • June 2019
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Taking a class of medication widely prescribed in the UK to treat anxiety, epilepsy, or nerve pain increases the risk of death by suicide by up to 26%, according to a new study published in The BMJ. Researchers from Oxford University recommend a review of prescribing gabapentinoid drugs to treat young people after finding that

Medical marijuana laws do not reduce US opioid overdose deaths says study

  • June 2019
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A new study refutes the idea that the use of medical marijuana can help reduce deaths caused by opioid overdoses. Researchers from Stanford University’s School of Medicine replicated the analysis conducted in a 2014 study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. That study linked the medical use of marijuana to a 24.8% reduction in

Essex Police to target drug-driving this summer

  • June 2019
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Essex Police plan to target drug-driving this summer after data showed that arrests for drug-driving have more than doubled over the first quarter of this year. There were 224 arrests for drug-driving from January to March 2018, but that number has increased to 470 during the first quarter of this year. This shocking increase has

UK drink-drivers more likely to be caught in June

  • June 2019
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UK motorists have a higher chance of being caught for drink-driving in June than in most other months. Police are now increasing their drink-driving enforcement activities as motorists are more likely to risk drink-driving in the warmer summer months. A new study by the breathalyser firm, AlcoSense Laboratories, shows that the police conducted 50% more

US dentists prescribe opioids more often than UK dentists

  • May 2019
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US dentists prescribe opioids 70 times more often than UK dentists, a recent study reveals. Also, US dentists prescribe the types of opioids that are more likely to have a high probability of misuse, including oxycodone. The study was conducted by researchers from the UIC College of Pharmacy in Chicago and published in JAMA Network

E-cigarettes effective aid for quitting traditional cigarettes, says study

  • May 2019
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Researchers from University College London have found that people using e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking traditional cigarettes are 95% more likely to succeed than those who were not using any types of ‘stop-smoking aids.’ Their study was published last week in the journal Addiction. The researchers compared the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, Champix (a Pfizer

Brits get drunk more often than others, study says

  • May 2019
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People in the UK get drunk more often than people in any other country, according to a new study. Data in the 2019 Global Drug Survey showed that British respondents to the survey got drunk more times each year than people who live anywhere else. The researchers interviewed 123,814 participants from over 30 countries during

Northern Ireland Department of Health seeks public input on addiction solution

  • May 2019
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The Department of Health (DoH) has asked the public to submit their ideas on what to do to stem the alcohol and drug abuse crisis currently affecting Northern Ireland. It has launched a questionnaire as part of an initiative to develop an updated strategy to reduce the adverse health effects and deaths related to substance

Over 600,000 US parents of children addicted to opioids

  • May 2019
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Around 623,000 US parents with children under the age of 18 are addicted to opioids, a new study found. Fewer than one-third of the parents are in a program to treat their drug abuse, according to the study, published in the Annals of Family Medicine journal this week. It means that almost 1% of parents

Chinese doctors test deep brain stimulation drug addiction treatment

  • May 2019
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Doctors in China are undertaking the world’s first trials of using deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat drug addicts in an effort that could transform the medical treatment of drug addiction. DBS is a neurosurgical procedure that consists of inserting electrodes into certain parts of the brain. The electrodes stimulate activity in the brain that

Denver first US city to decriminalise ‘magic mushrooms’

  • May 2019
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Denver is about to become the first US city to effectively decriminalise magic mushrooms, according to the final unofficial tally of votes on the ballot initiative on the hallucinogenic drug, held on Wednesday, 8 May. The initiative called for no longer imposing criminal penalties for people at least 21 years old for possessing or using

Canadian government funds crackdown on drug-driving in Ontario

  • May 2019
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The Canadian government has stated that it will invest $17m (£15.4) in several programs in the province of Ontario to combat drug-driving. This initiative is included in the government’s commitment to spend $81m (£46.2) in support of road safety actions throughout the country. Bill Blair, the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, said

Opioid medications in UK will have addiction warning labels

  • April 2019
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Opioid medicines in the UK will soon carry prominent labels warning users about the risk of addiction, according to an announcement by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. The announcement came after data from the Department of Health found that prescriptions for opioids in England and Wales had increased by 60% during the past decade, rising from

UK Public Health approach to drug use gaining acceptance

  • April 2019
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Several police areas in the UK are directing people caught possessing a personal amount of a controlled substance to education and treatment services using ‘diversion schemes’ rather than prosecuting them. Elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs) often lead the efforts, as there is an increasing awareness that adopting a public health approach to drug use

US Starbucks locations installing needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms

  • April 2019
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Starbucks is installing needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms throughout the US after employees complained about the frequency of finding improperly discarded needles. The company has already installed the boxes in at least 25 markets in the US and will install more this summer, on request of district and store managers. Reggie Borges, a representative with Starbucks,

Dozens of US doctors arrested for opioid fraud

  • April 2019
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More than two dozen physicians in Appalachia, a US region severely impacted by the opioid crisis, were arrested on 17 April, charged with committing health care fraud by writing hundreds of thousands of illegal prescriptions. Authorities accused sixty people, including 31 physicians, of illegally prescribing opioids in exchange for sexual favours and cash in a

UK drivers taking hay fever medication risk violating laws

  • April 2019
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Over 50% of UK motorists with hay fever have driven after taking medication to relieve their symptoms, putting them at risk of being charged with drug-driving. According to a survey conducted by the insurance rate comparison site, Confused.com, about 58% of UK motorists who suffer from hay fever have driven after using antihistamines. But, antihistamines

Schools in Eastern Alabama now stocking opioid overdose drug

  • April 2019
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The Auburn City and Lee County School Systems in the east of the US state of Alabama can now administer Naloxone to their students. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of overdosing on opioids if administered promptly. The US is in the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic, with people abusing both illegal

Clampdown on ‘cuckooing’ drugs expanded in Scotland

  • April 2019
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Police Scotland has extended its clampdown on illegal drug dealers who use vulnerable people to supply drugs for them. Called ‘cuckooing,’ it describes the practice of drug dealers commandeering people’s homes in exchange for supplying them with drugs. The police had been clamping down on the practice in two towns in Aberdeenshire – Fraserburgh, and

Drug-driving arrests in Essex set records in March

  • April 2019
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Essex Police set a record for drug-driving arrests in March. It was also the third month in a row that more people were arrested for drug-driving than for drink-driving and was the fourth month out of the previous five for that occurrence. The police arrested 164 people for drug-driving in March, breaking the previous record

Crack cocaine users increase by 60% in Suffolk

  • April 2019
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Authorities have attributed aggressive marketing by drug dealers as a possible cause of the huge spike in crack cocaine use throughout Suffolk. A national report showed the extent of the increase in crack use in the county and noted that drug addicts have been able to buy crack more cheaply in recent years. One drug

Wolverhampton’s vulnerable families to get alcohol hub

  • March 2019
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Wolverhampton Council has received £116,000 from Public Health England’s Capital Fund to develop a specialised unit to assist families coping with alcohol-related problems in the city. The funds will be used to create the alcohol hub in a facility owned by Recovery Near You, a regional drug and alcohol treatment provider. Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the

UK government agencies report on increasing crack cocaine use

  • March 2019
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On 25 March, Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with the Home Office released a summary of its report entitled the Increase in crack cocaine use inquiry, which investigated the use of crack cocaine in six parts of England. The publication examines evidence presented in the 2018 Serious Violence Strategy, a study which concluded that

Record number of youngsters admitted for alcohol and drug abuse in Lancashire

  • March 2019
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According to Public Health England’s 2019 Child Health report, almost 5,500 children and young adults living in the North West were hospitalised for drug and alcohol abuse. It was the highest regional rate revealed in the report, which found that 3,232 children were admitted for drug abuse and another 2,187 due to alcohol abuse. All

Baby boomers more likely to drink-drive than millennials

  • March 2019
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Baby boomers, who are now over the age of 50, have experienced the fastest increase in the rate of drug and alcohol abuse over the past 15 years, with the effects of this trend evident on the UK’s roads. The latest British Crime Survey showed how substance abuse has affected the behaviour of drivers on

US Drug abuse caused over 350,000 ER visits in 2016

  • March 2019
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The abuse of over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs led to about 358,000 admissions to US emergency rooms in 2016, according to a new study based on the analysis of data from the country’s public health system records. About 50% of the admissions were for people between the ages of 15 and 34. The results of

Addicted baby born every three days in Ireland

  • March 2019
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A baby is born every three days in Ireland with symptoms of drug or alcohol withdrawal due to the mother drinking heavily or using drugs during her pregnancy. Data received by the Irish Examiner under a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request revealed the extent of this health crisis that occurred even though Tusla (Ireland’s

Primary school students learn about the dangers of substance abuse

  • March 2019
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A project aimed at addressing the worrying health issues that have caused the life expectancy of Barrow men and women to be lower than the average in England has been active for several years. More children than ever participated in this year’s project, with 355 year-five and year-six students from 10 local primary schools taking

Young people warned not to use apps to buy drugs

  • March 2019
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Young people are increasingly likely to use social media apps to buy illegal drugs, according to a new study. Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, reported that drug users found the speed and convenience of purchasing drugs via social apps, such as Snapchat, were valuable considerations. The study found that drug buyers faced increased

West Lothian community unites to fight drug addiction

  • February 2019
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A new project beginning in West Lothian is the next stage to assist people who are abusing drugs. People living in the community within the jurisdiction of the West Lothian Council will now have an advocacy council to visit. It will provide a place for people suffering from substance abuse and addiction to express their

First drug-testing clinic licensed by Home Office opens

  • February 2019
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The first drug-testing clinic licensed by the Home Office for users to check their drugs is now open. The clinic, in Weston-super-Mare, will operate as a one-month pilot project. Run by the charity, Addaction, the clinic will offer anonymous drug analysis services to anyone aged 18 or older. Roz Gittins, the Director of Pharmacy at

Prescription opioid misuse may contribute to fatal two-car crashes

  • February 2019
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In fatal two-car crashes, drivers held responsible for the accident were almost twice as likely to test positive for opioid use as those who were not, according to a new US study by researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University in New York City. The most common reason for fatal crashes,

Matrix Diagnostics now working with Crystal Health Group

  • February 2019
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Matrix Diagnostics is pleased to be working with the team at Crystal Health Group and support them in their growth plans in key markets. Crystal Health Group provides DNA testing and drug and alcohol testing throughout the UK. Founding in 2005, the company currently operates a network of over 150 mobile collection offices and clinics

Scotland to consider roadside testing and drug-driving limits

  • February 2019
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The Scottish Parliament is to consider introducing roadside testing and a new zero-tolerance limit for drug-driving. The proposed plan would set limits on the eight drugs that are most closely linked to illegal use where claims of accidental use are not credible. The eight drugs with proposed zero limits are heroin/diamorphine, MDMA/ecstasy, methylamphetamine, LSD, ketamine,

Research links teenage marijuana smoking to depression in later life

  • February 2019
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Smoking marijuana as a teenager increases the risk of depression and suicide later in life, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers from the UK and the US have found that the drug could damage a child’s brain to the degree that it leads to mental health issues later in

Hospital admissions in England for addiction rise as treatment budgets decrease

  • February 2019
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More than 50% of England’s local authorities have reduced their budgets for drug and alcohol treatment, even as hospital admissions from addiction-related problems have increased, according to data from a freedom of information (FoI) request. MP Liam Byrne made the FoI to the local authorities, which are responsible for offering alcohol and drug treatment services

Alcohol abuse still a problem in Blackpool

  • February 2019
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More people in Blackpool are admitted to hospitals because of alcohol abuse than in any other locality in Great Britain, according to the latest data from the NHS. Dr Nick Harper, the deputy medical director at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital, said that alcohol abuse was a major factor in the services provided by the hospital

Drug-driving at record levels in Essex

  • February 2019
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Drug-driving arrests have reached record levels in Essex. During the past 12 months, Essex Police has addressed the rapid increase in the number of people in the country who were driving while under the influence of drugs. Last month, police officers arrested 163 people for suspected drug-driving, which was a record for a single month.

Drug use in Nigeria twice the world average

  • January 2019
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One in seven Nigerians is a drug user, according to the first major nationwide survey on drug use, published on 28 January. The survey, conducted by the Nigerian government, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the European Union, found that about 14.4% of Nigerians were drug users. It is more than double

‘Street Valium’ causes large increase in Glasgow drug deaths

  • January 2019
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Illegally manufactured drugs sold as Valium have led to an ‘unprecedented’ number of overdose deaths in Glasgow, according to the city’s NHS addiction services. Senior health officials expressed the fear that ‘street Valium’, also called ‘street blues’ could be the cause of the dramatic increase in drug-related deaths in the city. Between January and October

North East has highest rate of UK drug-related deaths

  • January 2019
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The latest figures show that the North East had the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the UK, prompting civic leaders in Newcastle to warn that the city needed to act to address the problem of drug abuse in their city. Between 2015 and 2017, 92 Newcastle residents died due to drug overdoses. It translates

Fentanyl test strips effective at reducing overdose risk

  • January 2019
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Young adult drug users find that fentanyl test strips are useful in reducing the risk of an overdose, according to a study by a research team at Brown University’s School of Public Health in the US state of Rhode Island. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that can result in a fatal overdose if a

Alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland set a record

  • January 2019
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Alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland have set a new record, according to a recent report. Data released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) showed that in 2017, 303 of the over 16,000 deaths in the country resulted from alcohol abuse. The number of alcohol-related deaths has increased every year since 2013. The