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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How Drug Addiction Can Damage the Body

A woman that became addicted to Ketamine has spoken of how she may not be able to have any more children and of how the addiction resulted in the loss of her bladder. Although she has been free of addiction for a year-and-a-half, the damage was already done by the time she gave up. It was the discovery that she was pregnant that gave her the motivation to stop using but, by that stage, her body had already been permanently damaged. Sophie appears on the new TV programme Jodie Marsh on…Drugs, which will be shown on the TLC channel. She...

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The Scourge of Gambling Addiction

Online gambling websites have made it much easier for people to gamble. It is no longer necessary to leave the home to put a bet on; it can be done from the comfort of the home. As a result, more and more people in the UK are suffering from gambling problems, with some developing addictions. Gambling addictions can cause untold financial hardships to families, as the person addicted will spend all available funds on feeding their habit. In many cases, loved ones do not realise the problem is as bad as it is until it is too late. Crack Cocaine...

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Beggars with Addiction to Get Treatment or Face Arrest

People suffering from addiction often find themselves on the streets with nowhere to go after having lost everything. When an addiction takes hold, nothing is as important, and many addicts find themselves resorting to criminal activities to enable them to fund their addiction. Some will beg on the streets in order to get money for the drug or alcohol they crave. However, beggars in Birmingham are now facing arrest as the police in the city attempt to crackdown on the problem. West Midlands Police are trying to address the issue after a survey revealed that many of the public feel...

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Breaking Free From Addiction

A woman who grew up in the shadow of her father’s violent death has spoken of how she has kicked her drug addiction and is moving on with her life. Jodie Mullholland’s father was murdered in 1996, when she was a toddler. It is thought that Michael Sutherland was involved in a row with someone over jewellery and was stabbed multiple times. He died of his wounds on January 1st 1996, leaving Jodie and her mother alone. Drug Use Jodie believes the death of her father, for which no one has ever been convicted, played an enormous role in shaping...

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Cocaine Addiction Can Devastate an Entire Family

A mother and son have appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show to talk about the devastation that cocaine addiction has had on their lives. Mum Irene has told how her son Paul’s addiction to the Class A drug has led to her losing her job, being declared bankrupt, and frightened to open her door. She said that the only reason she appeared on the show was the hope that the son could get help for his drug addiction as she fears he would die before her. Drug Debts Paul told Kyle how, in the past decade, he has spent around...

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Legal High Addiction Causes Woman to Steal from Family Friend

A woman desperate for money to feed her addiction to legal highs and heroin stabbed a family friend repeatedly and punched him in the face because he would not lend her money. Lisa Griffin also pulled a money purse from Stanley Pert’s neck, which resulted in a ligature mark. She had previously borrowed from the pensioner, but this time, when he refused, she used a fish slice to stab him in the arm and made off with £630 in cash. Griffin offered Mr Pert sex in exchange for the cash but the horrified man refused and told her to leave....

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Nick Clegg and Sir Richard Branson Call for Drug Possession to Be Decriminalised

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has teamed up with Virgin Boss Sir Richard Branson in an effort to get the Government to decriminalise personal use of almost all drugs. The pair wants the UK Government to follow the example set by Portugal and stop penalising those who are found in possession of drugs deemed to be for personal use. Mr Clegg and Sir Richard have written a joint article for The Guardian saying that Britain is losing the war on drugs. Currently, those found with drugs could face a criminal conviction – a conviction that could follow them forever, all...

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How Cocaine Addiction Can Lead to Suicide

There are many side effects of a substance addiction including health problems, relationship breakdowns, and financial hardship. However, another problem of addiction is that it can increase the risk of suicide. The problems that addiction can bring can lead to depression and, for some people, suicidal thoughts. Some individuals will act on these feelings rather than carry on with the pressures of life. Link between Substance Abuse and Suicide Those with alcohol or drug addiction often find themselves in traumatic situations, which can affect their mental health. These cases can include overdose, assault, illness, violence, prostitution, and injury. Short-term effects...

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Heartbroken Parents of Man Who Died After Taking Legal Highs Call for a Ban

The parents of a man who died after taking legal highs have called for these substances to be banned, likening the sale of them to ‘legalising murder’. Their son, David Lewis, injected legal high ‘Burst’ and spent seven weeks in hospital fighting a deadly infection before finally succumbing to it. Burst has also been linked to a number of other deaths. Changing Ingredients Agnes and Jack Lewis said that they spoke to doctors who told them that legal high ingredients are constantly changing as the manufacturers try to avoid legal restrictions. This means that users can be taking different ingredients...

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What Can Happen When a Gambling Addiction Gets Out of Control

In the grips of an addiction, those affected can become desperate, losing control of their sense of responsibility and of what is right and wrong. Once the illness has taken hold of the person, they will do almost anything to enable them to carry on with their addiction. Substance addiction is devastating and can destroy a person’s life. It wreaks untold havoc on the person affected and their family members have to watch in horror as they see their loved one ruin their life. Very often, nothing can be done to stop this. As well as the heartache and worry,...

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Recovering Gambler Shocked At Yet another Betting Shop in Clydebank

After the Scottish Government’s decision to overturn a rejected planning permission for yet another betting shop in the centre of Clydebank, a recovering gambler has spoken of the dangers of these establishments. Martin Traynor told of his shock that the Government has allowed for another Betfred store in the centre of the town, despite the council rejecting the planning application. Martin, who has struggled with his own gambling addiction for many years, said that there are enough betting shops in Clydebank already and, “In the shopping centre, there are far too many.” Hell for Problem Gamblers Martin said that, while...

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Fears That Some Legal Highs Could be More Addictive than Illegal Drugs

An investigation by BBC Wales has found that many of the psychoactive substances (legal highs) available on our streets are more addictive than illicit drugs. It has also found that many of these substances are becoming stronger. Synthetic versions of drugs such as heroin and cannabis can be bought legally online; some can even be bought on the high street. A few of these legal highs (such as benzofuran and mephedrone) have been banned, but the problem is that new substances become available as soon as another has been made illegal. Higher Addictive Potential Josie Smith from WEDINOS, the drug-testing...

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