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

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

Food
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.

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
County Lines use British teenagers to traffic drugs

County Lines use British teenagers to traffic drugs

News, UK
British children are being used by gangs known as "county lines" to traffic drugs around the country. A report by National Crime Agency revealed that children as young as 12 years are being targeted by criminals because they are "inexpensive" and "easily controlled". Children go missing from home and school for weeks, carrying heroin and cocaine into coastal areas and smaller towns. In an interview with the BBC, Kevin Hayland, anti-slavery commissioner says: "It's a really serious issue for the United Kingdom." "These children are being looked as "problem" children rather than victims of modern slavery." A leading youth charity, Safe London has said about 4,000 teenagers from London are being exploited and trafficked every year to sell drugs. Claire Hubberstey, the CEO ...
Amsterdam in 2016 – Brothels, bud, bicycles and beyond

Amsterdam in 2016 – Brothels, bud, bicycles and beyond

Lifestyle, Travel
Could the ongoing development project that includes a modern makeover of the Red Light District really transform the city of sin’s infamous reputation? Reporter and Photographer: Visnja Marjanovic | Subeditor: Ivelina Nikolova “Okay, go get it.” “No, you’re the older one, you do it!” “Yes, I am the older one, so I am telling you to do it.” I sighed. Having a cool older sister by your side in Amsterdam, one would think she’d be the one providing the drugs. Prior to my trip, my friend from the Netherlands did try to clarify the rocket science behind the drugs law, but the multiple contradictions left me even more confused. The Dutch drug policy considers the use of soft drugs a health matter – a matter of personal use - and it is comparable to the alcohol and tobacco consumption. So
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