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World Health Organisation Advises Against Alcohol Use During Covid-19 Crisis

25th April 2020

According to recent research, alcohol consumption in the UK has surged during the Covid-19 crisis, with one study finding that 61% of those living in the UK have increased their alcohol intake since social distancing measures were brought in. Whilst off-licenses were originally considered non-essential shops, their classification was changed to ‘essential’ after supermarkets reported

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Could Drug Use & Smoking Increase Risks Of Coronavirus?

22nd April 2020

Whilst it has always been understood that being older or having underlying medical conditions could cause complications with Covid-19, simply because they leave you more vulnerable to infection and illness, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated its advice and recommendations to include those who smoke, vape or have substance abuse

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Coronavirus And The Illegal Drug Market Mean There Are Growing Fears That The Death Rate May Climb Even Higher

8th April 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the nation, we have already seen the impact of the virus on a number of businesses, with hospitality industries forced to close and retail businesses swamped by panic-buying. However, these are not the only markets that are struggling due to the crisis. The illegal drug market in the

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What Is Fentanyl?

3rd April 2020

Fentanyl is an extremely strong painkiller, similar to morphine, but between 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription opioid, which means that doctors only prescribe it to patients who have severe pain, to manage pain after surgery, or to those who have chronic pain and whose bodies are tolerant to

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Benefits Of Having A ‘Sober Companion’

19th March 2020

If you have recently completed treatment for addiction, the next step is return to everyday life to continue your life of sobriety. As you may expect, this can be an especially fraught return depending on the environment you’re returning to. It can be highly stressful to integrate back into reality after addiction treatment. Sober companions

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Study Reveals Early Cannabis Use Impairs Brain Function More Than Alcohol

13th March 2020

According to a recent study of almost 4,000 teenagers, the long-term effects of cannabis on brain function depends on how early you start taking it. The study set a range of cognition tests to pupils over the course of four years, starting at age 12 or 13, finding that the teenagers who used cannabis underperformed

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Drug Abuse In Scotland Worst Since Records Began

5th March 2020

Drug-related deaths in Scotland have reached the worst level since records began, as the number of annual fatalities continues to rise. In the last year alone, there were 1,187 drug deaths registered in Scotland, according to figures released by the National Records of Scotland. This number is higher than any other European country, and almost

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Addiction In The Elderly

21st February 2020

According to recent NHS figures, the number of hospital admissions for pensioners with drug-related conditions has increased six fold over the last 10 years. Figures include admissions for addictions to painkillers and benzodiazepines, but also illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin. The hospital admissions do coincide with the increase in drug use and

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