Mother of a teenager killed by ecstasy calls for drugs legalisation

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A woman whose 15-year-old daughter died after taking ecstasy has called for drugs to be legalised and regulated.

Anne-Marie Cockburn urged politicians to change UK drug policy after the inquest into the death of her daughter Martha Fernback.

Oxford schoolgirl Martha suffered a cardiac arrest on 20 July 2013, after swallowing half a gram of 91% pure MDMA powder in the city’s Hinksey Park.

“Martha wanted to get high, she didn’t want to die,” said Ms Cockburn.

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Children as young as FOUR sent for drug and alcohol treatment

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Children as young as four are among hundreds of youngsters being referred to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services in the UK.

Charities have called for improved drugs education in schools as an investigation by the Press Association revealed primary school children are being flagged as at risk of becoming addicts.

Treatment experts said the most common reason for children to come into contact with drugs and alcohol is through their parents and preventative work is key to heading off misuse among ...

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Energy drinks do as much harm as drugs

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Energy drinks are as harmful as drugs and  should be banned from schools, according to a government adviser.

Drinks such as Monster, Red Bull and  Relentless combine sugar and caffeine in such high quantities that children are  becoming hyperactive and difficult to control.

Some 500ml cans contain the equivalent of  more than 13 teaspoons of sugar and 160mg of caffeine – which is about the same  as in four cans of cola.

Yesterday government adviser John Vincent  warned: ‘Energy drinks are effectively another ...

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Seattle marks first legal cannabis anniversary

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Residents in Seattle, Washington, have held a public celebration, marking 12 months of legalised recreational cannabis use.

The question of whether or not to relax drug laws is facing many countries, with Uruguay recently becoming the first country to legalise marijuana.

But how do you take an illegal drug and turn it into a whole new, legal, tax-generating industry?

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The misery of meth: The ravaging effects of the drug

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The scourge of meth is well-documented and these mugshots underline the harrowing, physical affects of the drug on the body.

In the latest series of mugshots released last week by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, the images show how hard drugs can ruin the human face in the space of a few years.

Addicts show that they have lost teeth and scratched their skin to the bone, their pallors turning grey and gaunt.

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School allows pupils as young as 11 to smoke

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A school is being  investigated after it was revealed pupils as young as 11 have been allowed to  smoke in the playground.

Staff at the Elmete Central School in  Roundhay, Leeds, have given children between 11 and 16 permission to smoke their  cigarettes during break and lunchtimes on school grounds.

It is believed cigarettes were confiscated at  the beginning of the day but then handed back to pupils by staff later.

The school educates ‘some of the city’s most  challenging ...

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Do you think cannabis is harmless? Mental Health

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  • Matthew was a bright young boy who  excelled at maths and science
  • But he started smoking cannabis and the  ‘harmless’ drug took its toll
  • He began having hallucinations and became  incredibly paranoid
  • Matthew’s erratic behaviour turned  violent, he started speaking of suicide
  • His parents put him in hospital but once there he tragically hanged himself
  • Matthew’s doctors believe his suicide was  triggered by smoking cannabis

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Russian flesh-eating ‘cannibal’ drug Krokodil

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These sisters are proof that the flesh-eating drug Krokodil is sweeping America and taking a terrible toll on addicts around the country, MailOnline can reveal today.

Amber and Angie Neitzel, from Joliet, Illinois, say they have been abusing the toxic cocktail – which originated in Russia – for around a year and a half, which means it has been on the streets of the U.S. for much longer than originally feared.

Angie’s doctor, a drugs expert with 16 years experience, today told ...

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Painter, 40, dies from ‘massive caffeine overdose’

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A father died from a massive caffeine overdose after eating mints bought from his local sweet shop – not knowing they were laden with the stimulant.

John Jackson,

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Pupils breakfasting on energy drinks

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One in 20 teenage pupils goes to school on a can of energy drink instead of a good breakfast, a survey suggests.

“It is worrying to think that some children are breakfasting on energy drinks, such as Red Bull, which are stuffed full of sugar and stimulants and have little nutritional value.

Caffeine content in such energy drinks ranges from about 8mg of caffeine – about the same as an espresso coffee – to as much as 400mg.

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End war on drugs – Help Addiction not Punish

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Class A drugs should be decriminalised and drug addicts “treated and cared for not criminalised”, according to a senior UK police officer.

Writing in the Observer, Chief Constable Mike Barton of Durham Police said prohibition had put billions of pounds into the hands of criminals.

He called for an open debate on the problems caused by drugs.

The Home Office reiterated its stance and said drugs were illegal because they were dangerous.

‘Controlled’

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One in three women still smoke while pregnant

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A third of women who gave birth in Blackpool last year smoked while they were pregnant.

New figures released show a clear North-South divide, with mothers-to-be in London the least likely to smoke.

The research, from Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), also show that one in five of the women who gave birth in North East England last year also classed themselves as a smoker when they had their baby.

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Number of children under 16 who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one year

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The number of children who have taken up smoking has risen by 50,000 in just one year, research suggests.About 207,000 children aged 11 to 15 started to smoke in 2011, a sharp rise from 157,000 in 2010, Cancer Research UK said.

The charity said the figure equates to 567 children

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Mother gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets as a 13th birthday present

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A mother gave her daughter three ecstasy  tablets as a present for her 13th birthday, it emerged last night.

The woman was reported to social services  after handing over the Class A drugs as a special prize for becoming a  teenager.

It is understood the family, from  Middlesbrough, are now being monitored by social workers – although the mother  was not prosecuted.

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Paul Gascoigne ‘was injecting cocaine and drinking 15 cans of Stella

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Fallen footballer Paul Gascoigne was drinking two litres of gin and 15 cans of Stella a day before he was rushed to a rehab clinic, a former friend has claimed.

One time housemate Shane Abbott, 36, has also claimed the alcoholic former England star was taking up to 30 antidepressant Valium pills a day and injecting cocaine.

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‘No, no, no!’ British grandmother, 56,sentenced to Death

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Lindsay Sandiford, 56, from Gloucestershire, was behind bars today, above centre, contemplating her fate today after being sentenced to death by firing squad in Indonesia for attempting

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Heroin use shouldn’t be a crime

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The possession and use of heroin, ecstasy and  crack cocaine should be decriminalised, a powerful group of MPs and peers say  today. In a controversial finding, their report says giving criminal records to  young drug users creates ‘higher levels of unemployment, homelessness and  relationship problems’. It also has little impact on drug use.  The study also calls for licences to be  issued to allow drug dealers to sell so-called ‘legal highs’, which have flooded  on to the market in recent ...

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Huge drop in alcohol-related disorder at Hereford nightclub

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ALCOHOL-related disorder at a Hereford nightclub has been virtually wiped out, bosses say. The Jailhouse was brought before a Herefordshire Council licensing committee earlier this year following more than 40 instances of disorder and drug use at or near the Gaol Street club. The worst was in August when four young men were taken to hospital suffering the effects of what police believed to be ketamin. http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/10106846.Huge_drop_in_alcohol_related_disorder_at_Hereford_nightclub/

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Treat addicts, don’t lock them up

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Britain is losing the war on drugs and should  consider the radical option of legalisation, a powerful committee of MPs will  argue this week. The MPs have concluded that prison sentences – which can be up to life for dealers of heroin and cocaine –  are failing to  deter drugs barons, and may even be encouraging a crime-riddled black market in  the substances.
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Images of mouth tumours on Cigarette packets

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Australia will tomorrow become the first  country in the world to strip all tobacco products of branding – leaving just  standardised packs covered with graphic health warnings. The new law bans the use of logos, brand  imagery, symbols, other images, colours and promotional text.

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