Paramedics Are Struggling To Treat Casualties From Legal Highs

legal high problems.jpgAs it has just been revealed that there has been a sharp increase in the use of legal highs, a senior paramedic has warned that ambulance crews have been left baffled with regards to how to treat casualties caused by these substances.

Due to the complex and ever-changing make-up of legal highs, staff are continuously trying to play ‘catch-up’ in the battle to develop effective treatments for those who have damaging or life-threatening side-effects. Furthermore, many of these products don’t even list the exact ingredients on their packaging so paramedics and doctors have absolutely no idea what they’re dealing with.

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Reducing Dopamine Could Curb Alcohol Addiction

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-abuse-brain-meditation-w2.jpgScientists in Sweden are currently working on a theory that reducing dopamine levels in the brain can lessen the desire to drink alcohol and therefore help to overcome addiction.

An experimental drug is being trialled on both humans and rats and it works by normalising dopamine levels in an alcoholic’s brain. So far the study claims to have found that it does in fact reduce an addict’s desire to drink although it’s still uncertain as to whether or not it will actually stop them from going on to drink less.

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The Causes of Addiction

addiction and its causeA lot of research has gone into finding out if addiction is something we’re prone to because of our genes or whether our upbringing, social circles or individual personalities play a bigger part.

Numerous studies have found that 50-60% of addiction is in fact due to genetic factors and 40-50% comes down to poor coping skills. It has also been found that if a parent has a drug or alcohol addiction, their child is eight times more likely to go on to develop an addiction themselves.

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Is The UN About To Decriminalise Drugs

drug legalisation and the UNAccording to Richard Branson, the UN may be about to call on governments around the world to end the war on drugs and decriminalise the use and possession of them once and for all.

The founder of Virgin claims to have been showed a report by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which reveals a dramatic change on the organisation’s stance on drug control. Branson, along with some of the world’s media was sent the document under embargo but he chose to go public after fearing the organisation would later change their mind. He commented:

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The Hidden Eating Disorder More Common Than Anorexia

binge eating disorderGorging on junk food has an acceptable and even quite a jokey reputation. In fact, most of us will laugh off a bingeing session after a bad day at work or if we’re feeling down in the dumps. Or perhaps you’re hungover or have been really good all week and are allowing yourself a cheat day where you eat everything in sight.

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The Scary Side Of Social Drinking Part Two

dangers of drinking alcoholIn the first part of our blog we revealed some of the scary side effects of drinking alcohol, even if it is just occasionally. As well as heart arrhythmia, fertility problems, arthritis and fatty liver, here are some of the other worrying repercussions of drinking.

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The Scary Side Effects Of Social Drinking

social drinkingWe all know what’s in store for us the day after a heavy drinking session - dehydration, tiredness, a headache, nausea and generally feeling terrible. Although we can laugh off a hangover after a day of recovery, there are actually some scary and serious side effects of social drinking that are far more serious than just a hangover.

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What are the causes that lead to addiction?

Drug related accidentsA lot of research has gone into finding out if addiction is something were prone to because of our genes or whether our upbringing, social circles or individual personalities play a bigger part.

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The hidden eating disorder that’s more common than anorexia

eating disorders200x200Gorging on junk food has an acceptable and even quite a jokey reputation. In fact, most of us will laugh off a bingeing session after a bad day at work or if were feeling down in the dumps. Or perhaps youre hungover or have been really good all week and are allowing yourself a cheat day where you eat everything in sight.

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Is the UN about to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs?

RichardBranson AFPAccording to Richard Branson, the UN may be about to call on governments around the world to end the war on drugs and decriminalise the use and possession of them once and for all.

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More than a fifth of children are being refused mental health treatment

children and young people compAccording to the NSPCC, more than a fifth of children in England who are being referred to mental health services have been refused treatment.

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Low levels of face-to-face social contact found to double the risk of depression

depression12A major study has found that people who meet up with friends and family at least three times a week are much less likely to have depression than those who only have virtual contact.

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Health experts argue that pregnant women should completely avoid alcohol

imagesMedical experts, including a paediatrician and doctoral research fellow have said that women should be told to avoid alcohol altogether during their pregnancy.

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Spotting the signs of depression in young children

CorporalPunishment m 0702Mental health conditions are on the rise and its not just affecting adults. Children as young as just five are now being treated with the likes of depression so its more important than ever to keep a close eye on the wellbeing of your child.

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Report finds that cocaine use has spread throughout the UK

cocaine 2A report which was carried out by the governments advisory council on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) has found that cocaine is no longer reserved just for the rich and famous and its use has spread into Britains suburbs, high rises and inner city council estates.

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New survey reveals that Britain tops the list of heaviest alcohol drinkers

Alcohol related deaths on 005A new survey has revealed that British people are more likely to binge drink, go to the pub or drink at home compared to those living in Germany, Australia, America and China.

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Teenagers are now less likely to use alcohol and drugs but are more likely to self-harm and suffer from an eating disorder

6499042 curled pink measuring tape and fork on white backgroundAlthough todays teenagers are less likely to get pregnant at a young age, drink alcohol, take drugs or smoke cigarettes, they are increasingly engaging in self-harm, suffering from eating disorders and failing to get enough sleep.

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Survey reveals a rise in violent crime in pubs across Great Britain

police 2An analysis of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to police forces across Great Britain have found that more than two thirds of areas have experienced a rise in violent crime in pubs in 2014 and this trend is set to continue throughout 2015.

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Children are turning to the Internet rather than doctors for mental health advice

internet addicitonThe Childrens Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield has revealed that children who are suffering from depression, self-harm and other mental health problems are turning to the Internet for answers instead of going to their GP.

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The effects that drugs have on the body - part two

aftercare planningDrug abuse is a matter that is taken very seriously because of the hugely damaging effects it can have on the body and mind. In the first part of this blog we covered cocaine, heroin and tranquillisers and here we continue with more of the most commonly used substances in the UK.

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