Drug and alcohol in the news November 2011

Here are some of the drug & alcohol related stories making the BBC news in the last month

Scotland minimum alcohol prices BBC news 2/11/11

”The Scottish government has announced plans to make Scotland likely to become the first country in Europe to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.

The SNP government has said it is the best way to tackle the serious criminal, social and health problems associated with alcohol abuse.

The proposal will mean cheap, strong drink will become more expensive. ”

Watch video here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15554319

Abuse of painkillers reaches ‘epidemic’ levels in US BBC news 2/11/11

”Abuse of prescription painkiller have reached “epidemic” levels in the US, a government report says.

Overdoses of pain relievers cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, the report has found.

It says sales and prescriptions of the drugs rose sharply in recent years and this was linked to the rise in overdoses.

Narcotic painkillers are prescribed to relieve chronic pain but the drugs can be “highly addictive”, the report says.

The report, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said fatalities caused by narcotic pain relievers have more than tripled in the last 10 years – equivalent to 40 deaths a day.”

Read the full story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15548478

Children claim alcohol intake of 28 units a week BBC news 30/10/11

”A small number of children as young as 12 claimed they drank the equivalent of 19 glasses of wine a week when questioned for a health survey.

Research by the independent Schools Health Education Unit suggested that 4% of those questioned aged 12 or 13 claimed they drank 28 units or more.

However, the overall trend in the survey of almost 84,000 youngsters was for fewer to be drinking and smoking.

The government says it is cracking down on those who sell alcohol to children.”

Read the full story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15510306

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