How Parents Can Influence Their Children’s Decision to Take Drugs

Almost every parent’s worst nightmare would be to discover that their child had been taking drugs. Most parents worry that the growing problem with drugs on the streets of Britain will affect their child and will, therefore, want to protect them from this situation at all costs. Drugs in Schools Imagine how devastating it would be to find out that your young teenager was in possession of an illegal drug such as heroin. A request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that a fourteen-year-old girl from Greater Manchester was discovered with £500 worth of heroin at school. Between...

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Why All Recovering Addicts Need a Fighting Spirit

Nobody chooses to be an addict – it is just something that happens to some people. When it comes to drugs, the person decides to take them the first time but they will never be planning to become addicted to them. It is the same with alcohol; alcohol is socially acceptable despite the fact that there are many individuals across the UK suffering from alcoholism. There are many reasons why people will begin taking alcohol or drinking to excess, but none of them plan to develop an addiction that can potentially ruin their lives. For many, taking substances such as...

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Growing Numbers Using Legal Highs Causing Concern in Newcastle

New psychoactive substances, or legal highs as they are more commonly known, are a growing problem in the UK as more and more youngsters take them. These substances are readily available both online and on some high streets, and are inexpensive. The fact that it is legal to possess them means that there is no risk of arrest, which is attractive to those that want to get high. However, legal highs come with a certain amount of risk, and those taking them could be putting themselves in danger of developing an addiction. Some of these legal highs have even been...

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Facing Up To the Consequences of Addiction

The important thing to understand about addiction is that it is an illness; nobody chooses to develop an addiction. Addiction is something that happens gradually but when it does take hold, it can often lead a person to do things that he or she would never have considered before. Addiction causes a powerful, uncontrollable urge to take particular substances such as drugs or alcohol or to carry out a specific activity, dieting and gambling being examples. Not everyone who gambles will become a gambling addict, nor will everyone who drinks become an alcoholic. However, for some, what was once a...

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Can We Do More to Tackle Addiction?

Moderate drinking is socially acceptable, but the problem for some is that moderate drinking soon becomes habitual drinking, which can then lead to excessive drinking. Many individuals who have begun by drinking one glass of wine with their dinner after a long day at work have found that one glass is no longer enough, so they will have another. And when two glasses are not enough, they are soon drinking a bottle of wine a night. This is often how alcohol dependency begins. Alcohol is a stimulant and, as with other stimulants, the body will become tolerant to it after...

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Parents Calling for a Ban on Legal Highs

The parents of a Belfast teenager who was found lying on grass in a housing estate have called for legal highs to be banned. Adam Owens had been to a house party in the hours before he was found; he died a short time after arriving in hospital. Legal Highs Adam’s parents are convinced that legal highs are to blame for the death of their son, but a post-mortem has yet to be carried out. They said that Adam had had an addiction to the substances for three years, something that they had been trying to tackle. Adam’s step-mum, Dawn,...

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How Addiction Affects Actions and Behaviour

A drug dealer who fled from the police and threw away a carrier bag full of drugs has been jailed for two years and eight months. David Mitchell was spotted by police carrying a bag after a tip-off that he was in possession of drugs. However, when Mitchell saw the police approaching, he fled into nearby woods and threw the bag away. When caught he was asked why he had fled, and he told police that the bag he had contained drugs. He admitted that there was cannabis, cocaine, and heroin in the bag and, when he was searched, police...

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Effects on the Body of Long-Term Excessive Drinking

Frontman of Canadian rock band Sum 41, Deryck Whibley, has spoken out of his brush with death caused by alcohol addiction. Whibley’s kidney and liver collapsed last year as a result of excessive alcohol consumption, with the star being rushed to hospital. He was placed in an induced coma to allow his body to cope with substance withdrawal symptoms, and he spent more than a month in hospital. Road to Recovery Whibley is now on the road to recovery but admits that his body was affected by being in hospital for so long; he is still finding it difficult to...

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Devastated Mother Urges Teenagers Not to Use Drugs

The heartbroken mother of an American teenager has taken to Facebook to highlight the dangers of drugs to other youngsters. Kelly Smith-Miller took to the social media site hoping that other teenagers will be deterred from using drugs once they hear the tragic tale of her son Brayden Travis. Brayden is just eighteen years old; after taking a cocktail of Xanax and heroin, he overdosed and was left at a friend’s house for seven hours without much-needed medical attention. The teenager suffered a stroke as well as severe brain damage, and both his kidneys and lungs failed. Doctors have told...

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The Truth about the Methadone Programme

Heroin addiction is often treated with methadone, which is a synthetic drug designed to wean people off the more powerful and damaging illegal drug. While methadone is similar to heroin, it does not give the same high. The idea behind the methadone programme is that the addicted person will be prescribed methadone for a while and then be gradually weaned off, meaning that he or she will not experience the same withdrawal symptoms that would normally occur with discontinued heroin use. Long-Term Methadone Use However, a former Kirkcaldy heroin addict has criticised the methadone programme in Fife and has called...

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Rehabilitation Centres Saving Lives – and Millions of Pounds for the Economy

Addiction problems cost the taxpayer billions of pounds every year. Money is spent on addiction related injuries, illnesses, crime, and court cases. Many of the people suffering from addictions will end up caught in a life of crime as the only way to feed their habits. Others will develop illnesses that require hospital treatment. Some addicts will become aggressive and violent and may even cause injury to themselves and others. Every time the police have to make an arrest or are called to a domestic abuse case involving drugs or alcohol, it costs the taxpayer money. The same is true...

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Acute Alcohol Intoxication a Factor in Father of Four’s Death

A father of four died after his home became engulfed in flames. The cause of death was acute alcohol intoxication and smoke inhalation. Marcus Dack, who had previously worked for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, had more than three times the legal limit for drink driving in his blood when he died. The limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood but Mr Dack’s level was 381mg. Alcohol Addiction Mr Dack had been suffering from alcohol addiction for a number of years and, as a result, had been suffering from depression. Just two weeks before his death, he...

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Kirkcaldy Methadone Prescriptions Costing Taxpayer More than Any Other Fife Area

Scotland’s problem with drug abuse has been well documented over the years. Many people in the country are being prescribed methadone in a bid to wean them off their heroin habits and recent figures released have revealed that Kirkcaldy as a town is issuing more methadone prescriptions than any other area in Fife. In addition, taxpayers are paying more for these prescriptions in Kirkcaldy than they are elsewhere. During 2014, two pharmacies in the town administered just over 1,500 prescriptions for methadone and claimed back more than £40,000 each for doing so. Lloyds Pharmacy in Templehall and MacPharm on St...

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Social Enterprise Helping Those Suffering from Addiction

A new fast-food chain in Edinburgh city centre is aiming to take on regular favourites such as Greggs, Pret a Manger, and Eat. The sandwich bar is similar to other food outlets in the city centre and sells products such as soup, sandwiches, rolls, and wraps. However, this is a business with a difference. Social Bite’s staff is made up of at least twenty-five percent of individuals with hardly any work experience and who have had struggles with issues such as addiction and homelessness. Many other companies would view this strategy as risky, but the owners of Social Bite say...

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Gambling Addiction Destroys Lives

Gambling addiction is one of the most devastating addictions in terms of inflicting financial hardship on the person with the addiction, their family, and, in some cases, innocent strangers. The pull of the gamble and the hope of a ‘big win’ often cause those affected to take risks and do things they know they should not. This is exactly what happened to Angela Johnson, who worked as a manager in a care home in Cartmel. Johnson was in the grips of a crippling gambling addiction when she began stealing money from some of the care home residents. She had mounting...

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