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Drugs: abusing more, admitting less

Drugs: abusing more, admitting less

Featured, Health, Lifestyle, UK
New figures report a 5% fall in British youth receiving therapy for drug abuse, though the number of teenagers who use them continues to rise. A recent study conducted by Public Health England suggests that the number of teenagers in treatment for substance dependence has fallen for the ninth consecutive year. More than 15,000 under-18s sought treatment for drug abuse in the period of a year. The numbers represent a 5% decrease compared to the previous year. However, there is evidence of a rise in the number of teenagers using class A drugs. Ian Hamilton, a drug abuse and mental health researcher at the University of York, told The Guardian: “This decline of young people in treatment doesn’t make sense. Young people’s class A drug use is up from 6.8% in 2007 to 8.4% in 2018, and th
Medical cannabis now legal in UK on prescription

Medical cannabis now legal in UK on prescription

Breaking News, News, NHS, UK
UK patients may now be prescribed medical cannabis as of today, thanks to a change in the law. Certain specialist doctors - not your GP - will be allowed to give their patients some cannabis-based products including THC, which leaves users feeling “high”, and more commonly CBD, which is being studied for its health benefits. Over the past few months, numerous cases have sprung to the media’s attention regarding cannabis. Billy Caldwell, the 12-year-old whose epilepsy is only eased by the use of cannabis oil, had his supply seized at Heathrow airport after his mother tried to bring it back from Canada. Billy’s mother, Charlotte, told Sky News after the legalisation: "For me what started off as a journey which was about the needs of my little boy actually turned into something, proved

Would you like drugs with that? The dark secret of the restaurant industry

It is a well-known fact food is addictive. Studies have shown cheese triggers the same part of the brain as drugs. It’s like crack. Or if you have felt the sugary rush which comes with a cold glass of Coca-Cola, which you most probably have, then it’s important to know that until 1903 the masterminds behind the famously soft-drink used a different trick to keep their loyal customers they used a significant dose of cocaine. Apparently. But apart from addictive foods, there is a darker, much more complex connection between drug abuse and the food industry. Sure, on the outside restaurants look luxurious. The gorgeous decor, delicious cuisine, and cheerful staff all seem to be glamorous to guests. Unfortunately, there are issues behind the scenes customers will never know about. The consta

Good news: Fewer teens are smoking. Bad news: They’re taking drugs instead.

Featured, Investigations, News
A quarter of 11-15 year-olds have tried substances at least once, studies reveal. Instead of smoking or drinking, teenagers in the UK are now more likely to use drugs. Swings and roundabouts... A national survey by NHS Digital, found 24% of teenagers between the age of 11-15 years say they had used a recreational drug at least once - this is a 9% increase since 2014. On the other hand, the survey found 19% of children say they had smoked cigarettes at least once, roughly the same as 2014, but much lower than the figure in 1996 when almost 50% children questioned, had smoked a cigarette. The survey also found 44% of secondary school students say they had tried alcohol. However, in 2016, the survey found the alcohol consumption rate among teenagers ranged from 15% in 11 year-o