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Northern Ireland Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has issued revised guidance for schools on Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) and Drugs Education. The guidance produced by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA) has been updated to reflect new legislation, technological advances and societal changes which affect how schools…
An alarming number of over-65s are drinking alcohol at unsafe levels, health experts have said after they conducted a study which found one in five are drinking unhealthy amounts. Academics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London said the Baby Boomer generation represent an ever-increasing…
Legal cannabis markets should be tested and drug use decriminalised as part of a radical new approach that pays more heed to human rights laws, according to a group of MPs and peers. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Drug Policy Reform called for an overhaul in global narcotics…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Simon Hamilton has said momentum must be maintained to tackle the serious harm caused by alcohol and drug misuse. The Minister was speaking as he published the third annual report on progress against Northern Ireland’s cross-departmental strategy to prevent and address the harm related to the…
Dependency on heroin and cocaine is more prevalent among homeless women than men, according to research. A third (33%) of homeless women reported having used heroin in the last month compared to 28% of men, while 31% of women had taken cocaine or crack cocaine compared to 29% of men.…
Harmful alcohol drinking among people aged 50 or over in England is a "middle class phenomenon", researchers have said. A study published in the online journal BMJ Open looked at drinking patterns of the over-50s, and found those who were classed as ageing "successfully" - in better health, with a…
The Government has been defeated in the House of Lords over plans to introduce a blanket ban on so-called legal highs. Peers voted by 178 to 139, majority 39, in favour of making it an aggravating offence to supply new psychoactive substances (NSPs) in prisons. Labour and the Liberal Democrats…
The majority of people in Britain are harmed by others' drinking, according to a new report. The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) said its research had found that one in five adults has been harassed or insulted in the street by someone who had been drinking, while even more had…
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