Tory MP reveals 5,500 Babies have been born hooked on drugs

illustrationConservative M.P. for Enfield North, Nick de Bois, has revealed statistics from the Department of health that have shown:

  • Over 5,500 babies have been born addicted to drugs over the past five years
  • Newborn babies have been given opiates to ease withdrawal from heroin
  • Highest rates of births with babies physically dependent on drugs reported in North West England

It has been reported that three babies are born each day addicted to heroin, crack cocaine and other drugs.  Statistics from the Department of Health state that these babies were showing ‘neonatal withdrawal symptoms’ within the first few hours of their lives.

These babies require specialist care to cope with fever, severe vomiting and diarrhoea.  With babies addicted to heroin, opiates are administered to prevent these babies experiencing seizures.  These are then given in reducing doses to help the babies become heroin free.

The figures revealed by Nick de Bois show the highest rate of addicted baby births are in the North West Strategic Health Authority, which covers Liverpool and Manchester.

He said: “We have got to be handing out proper sentences to drug dealers and put the fear of God into them.  Otherwise we will forever have this cycle of addicts.”

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework at Addictions UK, said: “These statistics are shocking.  Pregnant women need access to drug treatment to help them overcome their dependency on drugs.  Support should also be available for family members who are affected by a loved one’s drug use.”

You can read more about neonatal drug dependency in a Daily Mail article.

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“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework, discusses the links between Insomnia and Addiction

I was asked today to take part in a Radio Newcastle discussion on the use and misuse of sleeping medication.

According to the Economic and Social Research Council it is a regular occurrence for one in ten of us to use some form of sleeping medication. Last year in England, 15.3 million prescriptions were given out for sleeping medication. Whilst there is no doubt that medication plays a vital role in short term sleep disturbance, its continued long term use can create major problems such as physical and pathological dependency.

Addictions UK‘s doctors very rarely prescribe sleeping tablets for more than a 2 week period. A lack of sleep is big problem for many people, one that can often lead to self-medication with alcohol and other substances. For many of us the fear of not sleeping is terrifying. We project just how awful we are going to feel the next day.

Many times this lack of sleep can be put down to worrying about future events or reliving past occurrences. All too often we find ourselves acting out future imagined scenarios in our minds, especially late at night. Seldom do we discuss this with others in case they think it is odd behaviour; so it remains our secret and plagues us every night.

At Addictions UK we have pioneered new techniques for “casting out the demon” of the racing brain. We also specialise in working at helping our clients live and rest in the “Here and Now”.  Pills can provide temporary relief but it is therapy that will solve the underlying problem. We often hear it repeated in early recovery just how much clients embrace and enjoy their first nights of proper sleep.

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50% of Respondents injured through drinking

illustrationA poll conducted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has found half of the young adults surveyed had been injured during a night out drinking alcohol.

1,038 people aged between 18 and 34 were questioned and 52% admitted they had suffered physical harm of some sort “as a result of drinking too much or partying too hard.”

8% of respondents had broken a bone, 14% had sustained an injury to their head or face and 21% ended up in a hospital casualty department.  7% required physiotherapy to regain full mobility following their injuries.

27% of those surveyed admitted they had missed work or academic study through boozy nights out.

11% had missed a week of either activity.  The most common injuries for those affected were “bruising or cuts” (43%) and “soft tissue injuries” (22%) such as muscle, ligament or tendon damage.

Injuries reported ranged from women falling from high heeled shoes to people being attacked, others stated they had pulled a hamstring on the dance floor.

1,038 young adults were surveyed for CSP which represents 51,000 physiotherapists and related healthcare workers.

Simon Stephens Director of Case Work at Addictions UK stated “This poll shows how common alcohol related harm is in young people, those who can drink responsibly should avoid binge drinking and drink within recommended guidelines.  People who have found their alcohol use has become unmanageable should consider treatment for their dependence on alcohol.”

For more on this story see an article in The Guardian

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Craving can strike an addict at any time of the day or night. Sometimes all it takes to avoid disaster is a phone call to someone who cares.

Coalition partners in open disagreement over Drug Legislation

illustrationFor the first time in many years two major political parties have openly disagreed about the thrust of drug policy in the United Kingdom.

In  an interview with the Sun newspaper Nick Clegg said, “In politics, as in life, you can’t keep on doing something that does not work,” said Clegg,”You can’t keep making the same mistakes…If you were waging any other war where you have 2,000 fatalities a year, your enemies are making billions in profits, constantly throwing new weapons at you and targeting young people – you’d have to say you are losing and it’s time to do something different.”

But a statement issued by David Cameron insists that he does not support decriminalisation. He believes that the policy that is working – drug use is coming down. He said that the emphasis on treatment was making a difference.

His comments came after MPs urged the Prime Minister to consider decriminalising drugs, saying Britain has failed to tackle dangerous drug dealers.

The differences of opinion are highlghted in comments to the BBC (includes a Video).

In Portugal possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use is not a criminal offence. This is in part designed to treat drug addiction as a health issue. A year long enquiry by the Commons home affairs select committee stated this model “merits significantly closer attention.”

Mr. Clegg has called for a royal commission to review Britain’s 40 year old drug laws.  His comments were immediately rejected by David Cameron who made it clear the Coalition would not be changing its policy on drugs.

Danny Kushclick of the Transform Drug Policy Foundation comments on the issues in his December newsletter Elsewhere he has said that attitudes to drugs controls are rapidly changing around the world and accuses Tory and Labour leaders of lagging behind public opinion on the issue.

“The time has come.” Mr. Kushlick said:, “for David Cameron to call a truce, end the political posturing and engage in serious exploration of all alternatives including legal regulation.  Anything less would be outdated and irresponsible.”

Simon Stephens Director of Case Work at Addictions UK said that he was “surprised to see such open disagreement from The Prime Minister and his Deputy.  The coalition parties are in open disagreement and it will be interesting to see how members of the opposition react to this position.  It was not long ago that they effectively changed the category of marijuana – then reversed their decision.”

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