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More than 1,000 lives could be lost if England fails to mirror Scotland's sweeping reforms to alcohol pricing within five years, campaigners have warned. Medical leaders have joined with a leading children's organisation and a homelessness charity to call for minimum unit pricing (MUP) to be implemented south of the…
Scotland has led the world by becoming the first country to implement a minimum unit price for alcohol, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister hailed the policy, designed to cut alcohol-related harm, as "bold and brave" as it was finally brought in across the country. The minimum 50p per…
Children suffering at the hands of alcoholic parents will be offered a lifeline under new plans to provide them with quick access to support and advice. An estimated 200,000 children in England live with alcohol-dependent parents, with the NSPCC reporting a 16% rise in calls involving drink or drug abuse…
Drinkers who ignore UK alcohol consumption guidelines could be cutting years off their lives, according to new research. An analysis of nearly 600,000 people found those drinking more than 100g of alcohol every week - around five 175ml glasses of wine or pints of beer - were at an increased…
Five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer look after them should go into care and be split up, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Clifford Bellamy last year refused to approve social workers' plans to separate the youngsters - who are aged…
Many health service staff display a "woeful ignorance" about the damage caused to patients by overdependence on prescription drugs, ministers have been told. Labour health spokesman Lord Hunt of Kings Heath urged the Government to take action nationally to tackle the problem, including getting the NHS to "start taking this…
The number of prescriptions for powerful painkillers in England has nearly doubled in 10 years, it has been reported. The surge in people taking opioids such as morphine has prompted doctors to warn that people are becoming addicted in greater numbers. The family of drugs also includes codeine, tramadol and…
Ministers have been urged to back legal drug consumption rooms in a bid to help end the "damaging" status quo for addicts and the public. SNP MP Alison Thewliss (pictured) wants to introduce legislation paving the way for the UK's first facility which would involve trained staff supervising people as…
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol will be a major part of a wider package of measures to reduce the harms caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Wales, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has said. Ahead of an Assembly debate on the Welsh Government's Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill,…
Drink and drug abuse is rising among "baby-boomers" behind closed doors, a new report warns. The research highlights the growing problem of alcohol and illicit substance misuse among older people. Figures show the number of alcohol-specific deaths in people aged 50 and over has risen from 3,582 in 2001 to…
So-called "skunk" now almost completely dominates the cannabis market in the UK, a study suggests. High-potency strains of the drug accounted for the vast majority of police seizures in a sample, researchers found. The proportion of confiscations relating to skunk has risen from just over half in 2005 to 94%…
The Scottish Government has confirmed it will set a minimum price for alcohol of 50p a unit, despite concerns from some it could see the policy's effectiveness "considerably reduced". It comes after a consultation found almost three quarters (74.3%) in favour of a 50p minimum unit price, although some organisations…
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