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The majority of young people in Britain are against the liberalisation of drugs laws, a new poll has found. Research for The Independent, carried out by ORB, shows that 54 per cent of 18-24 year-olds think it should be “completely illegal” to buy or sell cannabis. Even more young people are against the legalisation of skunk cannabis, with 55 per cent opposed to a change in the law.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsChristian Institute - 15th April 2016
The number of arrests being made for cannabis possession has fallen by 46 per cent since 2010, according to the BBC. This is despite evidence that cannabis use has remained roughly the same. Between 2010 and 2015 the number of arrests made fell from 35,367 to 19,115 in England and Wales.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 8th April 2016
The number of legal highs has rocketed over the last year, a United Nations body has warned...According to the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), by October last year UN member states had reported 602 new legal highs in 2015 – a 55 per cent increase on the previous year.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 24th March 2016
More than a million needles were given out to heroin users in Glasgow last year, according to recent figures.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsChristian Institute - 23rd October 2015
A study of patients who suffer from psychosis has revealed that nearly a quarter of new cases are linked to the use of strong cannabis. Researchers at King’s College London found the risk of psychosis to be three times higher for people who smoke potent cannabis, known as ‘skunk’, compared to non-smokers. People who smoke skunk every day are five times more likely to develop the condition.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 20th February 2015
More than 350,000 people in the UK suffer from a gambling addiction and there has been a steady increase evident over the last few years with the recession and sheer availability of online gambling outlets.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Guardian - 23rd August 2014
Drink and drug addicts should be treated in abstinence-based treatment centres paid for with a new tax on alcohol, a think tank has urged.

The Centre for Social Justice said that by 2024, a ring-fenced "treatment tax" would put up the cost of alcohol bought in shops by 2p per unit.

The CSJ, which seeks to tackle poverty and its causes, wants the government to fund treatment centres for 58,000 addicts per year by 2024.

Its report says 300,000 people in England are addicted to opiates and/or crack, 1.6 million are dependent on alcohol and one in seven children under the age of one lives with a substance-abusing parent.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsBBC News - 17th August 2014
The Scottish Government gave pharmacies £19 million to distribute methadone in 2012, according to latest figures revealed in the Daily Record. Big chemist chains received the largest sums of money, including Boots, which got close to £4 million, and Lloyds Pharmacy, which received £3.6 million. These figures come months after the Scottish Government agreed to review the controversial programme, which many argue does little to combat heroin addiction.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsChristian Institute - 23rd May 2014
Comedian Russell Brand has launched a fund to support people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. The Give It up Fund, which was set up by Brand and will be managed by Comic Relief, helps those leaving drug and alcohol treatment reintegrate into the community. The cash will help people with housing, finding a job, any health needs and will pay for social activities and support groups.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, January 17, 2014
About 150,000 children will have started smoking as the Government runs around in circles on whether to ban branded cigarette packaging, Labour has claimed. Health Minister Jane Ellison said a new independent review will assess the potential impact of standardised packaging on public health and will focus on young people. More than 300,000 under-16s in England are trying smoking for the first time every year, Ms Ellison said.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, November 29, 2013
The number of deaths involving so-called legal highs soared by 80% last year. Deaths linked to new psychoactive substances – also known as legal highs – increased from 29 in 2011 to 52 in 2012. The number of deaths caused by the substances, such as mephedrone, was relatively stable between 2008 and 2011, ranging from 22 to 29, but then spiked last year. The Office of National Statistics also revealed the number of deaths involving painkiller tramadol has more than doubled since 2008 to 175 in 2012.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, August 29th 2013
Ministers have ‘no excuse’ to delay plans to sell cigarettes in plain packs, health campaigners said after a new study found that tobacco sold in standardised packaging is ‘less appealing’ and makes smokers ‘prioritise quitting’. Earlier this month the Government was criticised by health campaigners after announcing that plans to go ahead with plain packaging in England would be postponed until ministers had a chance to assess the impact of a similar scheme in Australia.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, July 23, 2013
Householders under the influence of alcohol or drugs account for 40 per cent of those rescued from accidental fires, latest statistics show. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service figures from April 2009 to July 2011 show 131 incidents happened when people were drunk or had taken drugs. And alcohol was also a factor in 30 per cent of deaths. The statistics come as the service is running a campaign targeted at men who start cooking late at night after drinking alcohol. The service say most common incidents occur when drinkers start preparing a late-night snack and then forget about their cooking, or when they light a cigarette and fall asleep.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, Monday September 19, 2011
Almost 900 more people are admitted to hospital every day for drinking compared to five years ago. A round-up of existing data shows there were 1.1 million admissions in England relating to alcohol in 2009/10, 879 more per day than in 2004/05.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel August 25 2011
Almost three quarter of young people start drinking alcohol between the ages of 13 and 15, according to a new survey by Drinkaware, the drink industry charity.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsSalvationist 18 June 2011
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