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Drug and alcohol addiction are taking a shocking toll on our nation but what are we really doing to tackle this growing epidemic?

THE sudden spike in deaths caused by abuse of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax is alarming enough in itself.
Figures show there have been over 200 fatalities in the UK between 2015 and 2017 and more than half of them took place in Scotland.
Getty – Contributor The spike in deaths from Xanax is alarming[/caption]
That’s a shocking statistic.
What’s happened to our young people? Is there something uniquely damaged amongst Scots that prompts us to plunge headlong into drugs and alcohol?
The damage caused by substance abuse is quite literally there for all to see. Glassy-eyed addicts are shambling through every city centre, filling up shop doorways,
begging for the cash they need to get their next fix.
Drug-related deaths are inexorably ticking up towards 1,000 a year in Scotland. The casualty rate has doubled in a decade.
PA:Press Association What’s happened to our young people? Is there something uniquely damaged amongst Scots that prompts us to plunge headlong into drugs and alcohol?[/caption]
And, for the ones that don’t die on some filthy floor, there’s nothing to look forward to but a brief lifetime of misery and illness.
But too often treatment is not available until the victims turn into criminals.
We need a radical change of policy to turn this from an issue of criminality and into one of health.
And it can’t come soon enough.

Anti-anxiety drug Xanax kills 126 vulnerable Scots in two years as deaths from medicine abuse peak

Home truths
NICOLA Sturgeon won’t be answering First Minister’s Questions tomorrow because she’s off in America at the moment.
But, when she comes home, she could answer some questions — like: “Why did you go, First Minister?”
During her trip, she spent ten minutes talking to the PBS TV channel, which is ten minutes more than she has allowed the Scottish Press for quite some time.
She has made some speeches getting torn in to the UK Government’s Brexit policy while telling the Americans that independence is the best possible outcome for
Scotland . . . but not yet.

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And Ms Sturgeon met New Jersey governor Phil Murphy to “discuss shared ambitions around tackling climate change”, ahead of meetings at the UN in New York today on gender equality.
Why do the Americans care what she thinks of Brexit?
Once the governor of New Jersey has shaken hands and agreed that global warming is a really bad thing, what then?
Who is going to stand up in some distant committee room of the UN, very, very far away from the main council chamber, and disagree about gender equality? What does the
First Minister’s presence add to their discussions?

Remember, Ms Sturgeon snubbed the last Brexit meeting with Theresa May, the Chancellor and the Foreign Secretary.
But she’s not too busy to meet the governor of New Jersey.
Is any of this international grand-standing going to bring a penny of investment to Scotland? Will it fix the NHS or sort out ScotRail or soften the blow of Brexit?
Those should be the priorities — not foreign trips.

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Five Brits have died after accidentally coming in contact with skin patches containing fentanyl — the painkiller that ‘killed Prince’

Category : Drugs , Health News , News

AT least five Brits have died after accidentally coming into contact with skin patches containing the same drug that killed music legend Prince.
The patches are made with fentanyl – a painkiller 50 times stronger than morphine.
Getty Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in 2016[/caption]
GPs prescribe them to combat severe pain.
But they can cause fatal overdoses – especially in children.
Health chiefs last night urged doctors to remind patients to dispose of them properly.
Even used patches still contain enough of the drug to kill a child.
Alamy Fentanyl is a painkiller 50 times stronger than morphine and even used patches contain enough of the drug to kill a child[/caption]
In June 2016, 15-month-old Amelia Grace Cooper, from Newquay in Cornwall, died after a fentanyl patch got stuck on her skin.
She was found dead in her parents’ bed.
A coroner ruled the tragic tot came into contact with the patch – used by her mother Sara Talbot – after sharing her bed.
Now the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority has confirmed there have been at least five UK deaths since it last issued a safety warning over the patches in 2014.
Amelia Grace Cooper died after a used patch got stuck to her skin
It’s not clear how many were children.
But the MHRA said toddlers chewing patches found in the bin is one of the biggest dangers.
The drug kills by shutting down breathing and increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.
The MHRA said: “We continue to receive reports of preventable accidental transfer of fentanyl patches, with five fatal incidents.

“Patients should be given clear information on the risk of accidental transfer and ingestion of patches and need for appropriate disposal.”
It added: “Fentanyl patches should be stored out of sight and reach of children. After use, they should be folded so that the adhesive side of the patch sticks to itself and then placed back into the original sachet.
“Used patches should be kept out of sight and reach of children.”
Music icon Prince was 57 when he was found dead in April 2016.
Getty It is thought that Prince used fentanyl to feed a painkiller addiction[/caption]

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Subsequent tests revealed he was killed by an accidental overdose of fentanyl, which works by stopping pain signals from reaching the brain.
Some reports suggested he used fentanyl patches to feed a painkiller addiction.
The drug has also been linked with a steep rise in deaths among drug abusers who inject it to get high.
The Office for National Statistics said there were 75 fatalities in England in 2017, up from 58 in 2016.

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