Drugs and Alcohol News

 BBC news stories related to drugs and alcohol in the UK this month:

Plan to stop underage drinkers in Newquay BBC News Devon 27 June 2011 A project to stop adults buying alcohol for underage drinkers has begun in a Cornwall resort.Police said the scheme in Newquay was aimed at reminding people that it was an offence to buy under 18s alcohol.During the summer, teams of youth service workers will visit campsites to highlight the dangers. Police said the offence can lead to a £5,000 fine.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-13935632

Health warning to festivalgoers BBC news 21 June 2011 Too much alcohol, drugs, and sex, coupled with poor hygiene, can be a health risk at festivals, an expert is warning.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13859236

Grampian drug deaths jump prompts warning to users BBC News NE Scotland 9 June 2011 Drug users have been warned of the dangers they face amid an “alarming” rise in the number of deaths in Grampian.” “In the majority of cases, people have taken a lethal cocktail of substances, ones which on their own present dangers but when taken together amplify these risks.”Combinations of drugs including alcohol, benzodiazepines, heroin, methadone and cocaine have been involved.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-13712503

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Cocaine / Crack (COC)
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Opiates / (Codeine, Morphine) Heroin (OPI)
Oxycotin (OXY)
Phencyclidine (PCP)

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Which drugs cause pupil dilation ?

We received a phone call today from a concerned parent whose teenager was exhibiting some worrying symptoms & signs that the parent was concerned may be due to drug abuse. The parent was wanting to perform a drug test to identify which drug their teenager was taking.

One of the signs the parent was concerned about was dilated pupils ( Mydriasis). This is often referred to as ‘blown pupils’ where the pupils stay excessively large even in a bright light enviroment.

Pupil dilation may be a sign that a stimulant drug has been taken.

The following drugs can cause pupil dilation:

  • MDMA
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines (speed)
  • LSD
  • Shrooms (magic mushrooms)
  • Most halllucinogens
  • PCP
  • Ketamine

However it should not be assumed that pupil dilation is due to illegal drug use as some prescription drugs can also cause the pupils to dilate, and there are also medical causes some of which are life threatening that can cause the pupils to be dilated.

Opiates have the opposite affect on the pupil and cause pupil constriction or miosis often referred to as pin-point pupils. However withdrawl from Opiates may cause a dilated pupil.

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Drug Testing FAQ-how long will a urine drug test stay positive after last Cannabis use ?

This is a frequent question regarding urine drug testing as Cannabis stays in the system much longer than other drugs, and can still be detected on a urine drug test for up 30 days in some individuals.

After a one off Cannabis use Cannabis will have cleared the system and not be detectable in most peoples urine sample by about 5-7 days. However this is not always so as Cannabis clearance is affected by many factors including the individuals fat levels. As Cannabis can be stored in the body in fat a leaner individual will clear Cannabis from their system faster than an obese individual.

What other factors affect how quickly Cannabis clears from the system ?

  • body fat
  • total body mass
  • frequency of use
  • strength of Cannabis used eg Cannabis resin & skunk contains more of the active THC
  • duration of Cannabis use

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Drug Testing FAQ Urine | When to do a urine drug test for Cocaine

We recently received this question by e-mail regarding detection times for Cocaine in a home urine drug test


Hi I have recently purchased a home test cocaine cassette kit and was wondering when is the perfect time to use the test after cocaine use?.
It says 3-5 days, does this mean that I should wait until it has been three days to use the test?


Thank you for contacting us. You can do the urine test anytime. It will pick Cocaine up in the urine for up to 3 to 5 days after use. It will not detect Cocaine after that time. If you require anymore info please do not hestitate to
contact us.

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