Painkiller use has doubled in the last 15 years

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Most of us don’t think anything of reaching for paracetamol or ibuprofen to help ease aches and pains but a new report has exposed a worrying trend involving painkiller use in England.

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Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the UK

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the UK

Doctors and politicians have warned that addiction to prescription medication is becoming just as much of a problem in the UK as illegal drug use.

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The surprising effects and impact of marijuana

The surprising effects and impact of marijuana

The more common side-effects of smoking marijuana include increased appetite, laughing, scrambled senses and, in some cases, heightened anxiety. But did you know there are some lesser known effects of the drug as well?

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Drug-related deaths at an all-time high

Drug-related deaths at an all-time high

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has released new data which reveals that drug-related deaths are at their highest levels since records began in 1993.

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Cannabis study shows decrease in productivity levels

Cannabis study shows decrease in productivity levels

A new study carried out by University College London (UCL) has found that marijuana use reduces a person’s short-term motivation to work for money.

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The true cost of taking drugs

The true cost of taking drugs
  • Marked increase in young people who have developed depressive and anxiety disorders as a result of drug use
  • 25% of chronic paranoid psychoses is marijuana-induced
  • Young people focus on the short-term physical effects of drugs
  • This is at the expense of understanding the long-term effects of drug use on mental health
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Drug driving arrests increase by 140% since new laws were introduced

New figures have revealed that the number of drug driving arrests has increased by 140% in the UK over the last 12 months.

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Blanket ban on legal highs comes into force in the UK

As of the 26th of May 2016, new laws criminalising the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs have been introduced to the UK. Police will have the power to shut down any shops or online retailers who supply these products, seize and destroy any they find, and carry out searches on people, premises and vehicles.

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The myths surrounding prescription drug addiction

The latest figures reveal that nearly half of all adults in the UK are regularly taking prescription drugs. Although this may be necessary for a number of legitimate health conditions, there are now more than a million people in this country who have become addicted to prescription medicines.

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Prisons See Huge Increase In Legal High Addiction

drug addiction in prisonFollowing the publication of new data, a charity has warned that there has been an alarming seven-fold increase in the number of prisoners who have sought help for addiction to legal highs in the last year.

The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt) revealed that between April and September 2015, 622 prisoners sought help for addiction to New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) compared to just 87 in the same months in 2014. Concerns are also being raised about the distressing level of violence being witnessed behind bars as a result of this.

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Smoking Skunk Causes Brain Damage

cannabis and the brainA new study carried out by researchers at King’s College London has found that smoking super-strength cannabis can cause significant brain damage.

The skunk variant of marijuana was found to damage the corpus callosum - the part of the brain which carries signals between the left and right sides of the brain. This is known to lead to an increased risk of mental illness and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and slowed down brain activity.

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World Drug Addiction Highlighted In New UN Data

world wide drug addictionData from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been used to create a new interactive map which shows everything from how many people are using drugs to how many die from overdoses around the world.

When it comes to which countries are using the most drugs, this was found to vary from substance to substance. Cannabis is used the most in Iceland, the US and New Zealand whereas cocaine use was the most predominant in Scotland, Spain and the US.

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Ireland Plans To Decriminalise Drugs For Personal Use

drug abuse in IrelandEarlier this week it was announced that Ireland is set to decriminalise small amounts of drugs which are intended for personal use. Heroin, cocaine and cannabis are all included and from next year, drug users will also be able to inject themselves in specially designated rooms in Dublin.

It has been made clear that it will still be a crime to profit from either the sale or distribution of illegal drugs but that drug takers will no longer be criminalised for their actions.

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Paramedics Are Struggling To Treat Casualties From Legal Highs

legal high problems.jpgAs it has just been revealed that there has been a sharp increase in the use of legal highs, a senior paramedic has warned that ambulance crews have been left baffled with regards to how to treat casualties caused by these substances.

Due to the complex and ever-changing make-up of legal highs, staff are continuously trying to play ‘catch-up’ in the battle to develop effective treatments for those who have damaging or life-threatening side-effects. Furthermore, many of these products don’t even list the exact ingredients on their packaging so paramedics and doctors have absolutely no idea what they’re dealing with.

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Is The UN About To Decriminalise Drugs

drug legalisation and the UNAccording to Richard Branson, the UN may be about to call on governments around the world to end the war on drugs and decriminalise the use and possession of them once and for all.

The founder of Virgin claims to have been showed a report by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which reveals a dramatic change on the organisation’s stance on drug control. Branson, along with some of the world’s media was sent the document under embargo but he chose to go public after fearing the organisation would later change their mind. He commented:

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What are the causes that lead to addiction?

Drug related accidentsA lot of research has gone into finding out if addiction is something were prone to because of our genes or whether our upbringing, social circles or individual personalities play a bigger part.

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Is the UN about to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs?

RichardBranson AFPAccording to Richard Branson, the UN may be about to call on governments around the world to end the war on drugs and decriminalise the use and possession of them once and for all.

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Report finds that cocaine use has spread throughout the UK

cocaine 2A report which was carried out by the governments advisory council on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) has found that cocaine is no longer reserved just for the rich and famous and its use has spread into Britains suburbs, high rises and inner city council estates.

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The effects that drugs have on the body - part two

aftercare planningDrug abuse is a matter that is taken very seriously because of the hugely damaging effects it can have on the body and mind. In the first part of this blog we covered cocaine, heroin and tranquillisers and here we continue with more of the most commonly used substances in the UK.

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The effects that drugs have on the body

Brain imageEven if drug use doesnt lead to addiction, it can still have a huge impact on the body. Here we highlight the most commonly used drugs in the UK and how it can affect your mood, brain, body and even worsen health problems.

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