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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts backed by private donors

Image copyright Getty Images A group of private backers has agreed to fund a national unit supporting courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so their children are not taken into care. The unit, which supports the 13 Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC) in the UK, was forced to close last year when government funding was cut. The courts give specialist support to help parents overcome their addiction. Supporters say by helping keep families together they save taxpayer money. The courts, which are led by specially…

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El Chapo trial: Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán found guilty

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Guzmán was extradited to the US in 2017 Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been found guilty on all 10 counts at his drug trafficking trial at a federal court in New York. Guzmán, 61, has yet to be sentenced but the verdict could mean life in jail. The Mexican was accused of being behind the all-powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was the biggest supplier of drugs to the US. He was arrested in January 2016 after escaping from a Mexican…

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Drug overdose killed HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Colin Kroll was co-founder of both HQ Trivia and Vine The co-founder of the popular app HQ Trivia, Colin Kroll, died of an accidental drug overdose, according to the New York City medical examiner. A post-mortem examination revealed two kinds of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine in his system. Police found Mr Kroll dead in his Manhattan flat in December after being asked to check in on him by a woman reported to be his girlfriend. The 34-year-old was also the co-founder of the video…

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Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an ‘escalating crisis’

Image copyright Tictoc Image caption The US-style bar-shaped version of the drug is the form that is most commonly traded among teenagers – like this group, there are many counterfeit versions The coroner for Northern Ireland has called the rising number of deaths linked to fake versions of the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, “an escalating crisis”. Joe McCrisken says he is signing off an alprazolam-related death nearly once a week. He says “most of the deaths” are caused by counterfeit versions of Xanax, the brand name for the drug alprazolam. “The…

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How addict Jesus survived South Africa’s drug epidemic

A drug cocktail called nyaope is destroying young lives in South Africa’s townships. It is a heroin-based drug, often mixed with antiretroviral medication or rat poison, and can be injected or smoked with cannabis. For BBC Africa Eye, crime reporter Golden Mtika explores the problem through the story of an addict called Jesus. Source link

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The digital drug: Internet addiction spawns U.S. treatment programs

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – When Danny Reagan was 13, he began exhibiting signs of what doctors usually associate with drug addiction. He became agitated, secretive and withdrew from friends. He had quit baseball and Boy Scouts, and he stopped doing homework and showering. Danny Reagan, a former patient of the Lindner Center of Hope’s “Reboot” program, the first of its kind to admit only children who suffer from compulsion or obsession with their use of technology, sits in a common room at the center in Mason, Ohio, U.S., January 23, 2019.…

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The digital drug: Internet addiction spawns U.S. treatment programs

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – When Danny Reagan was 13, he began exhibiting signs of what doctors usually associate with drug addiction. He became agitated, secretive and withdrew from friends. He had quit baseball and Boy Scouts, and he stopped doing homework and showering. Danny Reagan, a former patient of the Lindner Center of Hope’s “Reboot” program, the first of its kind to admit only children who suffer from compulsion or obsession with their use of technology, sits in a common room at the center in Mason, Ohio, U.S., January 23, 2019.…

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Public ‘turning blind eye’ to street drug dealing

Image copyright Getty Images People are “turning a blind eye” to drug use and dealing on the streets because it is becoming normalised, a senior police officer has warned. Now communities have been urged to help deal with the rising problem by reporting sightings. Det Insp Stuart Johnson, who covers Swansea and Neath Port Talbot for South Wales Police, said it was one way of tackling “county lines” drugs gangs. The two areas are in the top 10 for heroin deaths in England and Wales. They had more than 4.5…

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Prep: The battle to access ‘game-changing’ HIV drug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prep reduces the risk of HIV-negative people acquiring the infection A “game-changing” drug in the fight against HIV reduces the risk of acquiring the condition. But those at high risk of contracting the virus have struggled to get hold of the medication, despite the NHS trialling it across England. Ron, who is from London and in his 20s, asked about pre-exposure prophylaxis – known more commonly as Prep – at a sexual health clinic in autumn 2017, but was turned away partly because there…

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