Why Wouldn’t You Want To Save A Life?

Naloxone AKA Narcan is a medicine used in emergency situations where there is a suspicion that opioids have been taken and/or overdosed on.

This emergency medication reverses the devastating effects of an opioid overdose by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain. This is why it is called an opioid antagonist. It also prevents the person from overdosing again for a short while after it’s been initially administered.

Find out all you need to know about Naloxone in this article.

Needing More And More? Is Your Body Developing A Tolerance To Drugs, Alcohol Or Medications?

A tolerance to a substance occurs when the body gets used to a substance (drugs, alcohol or medication) so that more of the same substance is needed to give the desired effect that was once received initially from smaller amounts.

There are several mechanisms behind tolerance, including changes in the metabolism of a drug, cellular changes or behavioural/psychological effects. Tolerance is not always negative, and people may develop a tolerance to the side effects of a drug over time as well.

We look at these issues and many others in this article. This is one not to miss if you think that you or someone else you know may have developed a tolerance to medications or substances.

Drug Deaths In England And Wales Up Again In 2021 According To The Latest Office For National Statistics Report

England and Wales have yet again recorded their highest ever number of drug-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

This eye-opening article really shows why we must not take our eye off of the prize when it comes to the combined effort that we all provide in an attempt to overcome our addiction and substance misuse crisis!

Recommendations To Reduce Barriers To Research, Using Compounds Described By The Third Generation Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists Generic Definition By The ACMD

New updates have been launched by the ACMD (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) in relation to reducing the barriers to research using compounds described by the third generation synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists generic definition.

Getting Out And Help Our Community Once Again

Today we’ve been out and about helping those who are homeless or rough sleeping around the town to help keep warm and dry during this constantly changing weather.
Those who rely on us have been happy to see us again too.

We need your help if we are to continue helping those who are homeless or sleeping rough and are addicted to drug and alcohol locally. You can find out how you can support us on our donation page or within this article. Thank you!

The Advisory Council On The Misuse Of Drugs Decision Regarding Sunosi Being Categorised As A Controlled Drug

The ACMD (Advisory Council on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) and MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency) has evaluated the risk of substance abuse and physical dependency of the medicine Sunosi (Solriamfetol). Sunosi is a once-daily prescription medicine used to improve wakefulness in adults with excessive daytime sleepiness due to obstructive sleep apnoea or narcolepsy.

Find out all you need to know and more in our article on the subject here!…

Drug Use Isn’t Just Bad For Humans – It’s Impacting Animals And Marine Life Too

A new study has shed light on how drugs taken by humans can affect fish. The study showed that brown trout exposed to methamphetamine in their water changed their behaviour, brain function and had long term effects upon their behaviour and natural processes.

Around 269 million people worldwide use drugs each year, and the byproducts end up in our sewers. Sewage treatment plants don’t routinely filter out drugs. One study estimates it’d cost over £36 million to upgrade wastewater treatment plants to remove these chemicals in England and Wales alone.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, researchers in the Czech Republic investigated how methamphetamine – a stimulant with a growing number of users worldwide – might be affecting wild brown trout.

They examined whether concentrations of methamphetamine and one of its byproducts, amphetamine, which were estimated from other studies that have measured illicit drug concentrations in waterways, could be detected in the brains of brown trout. They also looked at whether these concentrations were enough to cause the animals to become addicted.

To find out what the full results of this study show, how it may affect you and what you can do to help can all be found inside our article!

Study: Doctors Are Pressurised To Prescribe Opioid Based Medications When Asked Much Later In The Day

The authors of a recent study on opioid use and found another startling factor that might be adding to the ever increasing opioid crisis: the increasing rate of opioid prescribing.

Hannah Neprash, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and Michael Barnett, an internal medicine specialist practicing in multiple hospitals around Boston, found that physicians are more likely to prescribe opioids as their shift progresses and appointments fall behind schedule when Doctors are to talk to the patient, assess or examine them and refer them to other specialties or prescribe medications in a 10-15 minute window.

Check out the surprising results from this highly illuminating study on this increasing, worldwide issue that’s adding more pressure on the current opioid crisis in developed nations.

The Neuroscience Of Gratitude And How It Affects Anxiety, Depression And Mental Health

Did you know just how important it is to show gratitude for what you have or are provided with? If you are blessed with the perfect family, a good job or an ideal one that you’ve always wanted to do, stable finances with some money tucked away for a rainy day or a healthy life, you should be grateful. Even being grateful for the little things in your life can make a real difference to your mental wellbeing, provide an improvement in mood and optimism, as well as motivate you to seek more improvements in your life and for those around you.

Keep reading if you want to know more about the science behind gratitude and how it can benefit you, your mental health, physical health and recovery from substances with our top 10 tips.

12 Ways Addiction And Mental Health Professionals Help People Using Telemedicine/Online Therapy

The lack of local access to mental health and addiction services, ever increasing waiting lists, cost of private treatment, societal stigma and other factors contribute to the global widespread inability to get into therapy//treatment when the person needs it most.

Tele-healthcare or online therapy helps to remove some of these obstacles in order for many more able to receive the mental health care that they need and deserve. Virtual therapy sessions are enabling more and more people with addiction and mental health issues to succeed in their lives. This also includes other therapies including hypnotherapy, mindfulness, meditation and many others.

Here you can discover whether online therapy may benefit you or someone else you know, as well as when online therapy may not be the best fit for you. Check out our new article.

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