The drug, alcohol and addiction education children, teenagers and young adults are receiving in schools, colleges or universities are severely lacking to put it mildly. So, in the absence of high quality education about drugs, alcohol and addiction, where are our young people getting their information from? Are they getting answers to questions they may have? Is the information they’re reading accurate and true?
In this article, we will be looking at these questions and many others to see where our upcoming generations are getting their information, advice and support from and why this isn’t always the best idea, in an attempt to prevent our young adults developing substance use issues or even full blown addictions and deaths which could have been avoided if they had the proper information, help and support from the beginning.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are the worst council in the UK for looking after it’s population of homeless and rough sleeping communities.
In 2015, the Council played music from Alvin and the Chipmunks and bagpipes to deter rough sleepers at Bournemouth coach station.
Again in June 2016, the Council bought one-way train tickets for rough sleepers to move them out the area.
Bournemouth, Poole And Christchurch Council has been targeting our local community of homeless and rough sleeping community going right back to 2015 and even before then.
Local charities, groups and organisations who help those who are homeless or rough sleeping have been carrying out absolutely amazing work within our community, however the council haven’t always had the best interests of the homeless in mind when deciding what to do within the town and its surrounding areas.
At the time of posting this article, BCP Council have not responded to our multiple requests for their opinions or comments about this issue.
Harm reduction refers to a broad range of policies and practices that try to reduce the physical, mental and societal harms that people do to themselves and/or others from their drug and alcohol use.
This article covers a wide range of harm reduction strategies and best practice suggestions for those who use drugs and alcohol, those around them, their communities and the country as a whole, including those involved with sex work, those who drink/drug drive and what help and support is available to those who want it.
We often overlook the rough-sleepers that we pass in the streets each day, either because we psychologically think if we don’t look, it doesn’t exist or because we are at some level, embarrassed because we don’t know what we can do to help.
In this article, we discuss how you can help those who are homeless or sleeping rough, both directly and indirectly. You can also find help, support and links to other organisations who can help those who are homeless, sleeping rough or at risk of becoming homeless. Keep reading to find out more…
Labels and packaging on addictive prescription medicines are soon to be toughened up. The UK Government often overlook this ever worsening, possibility fatal, nationwide issue.
The Evening Standard newspaper have released this article, explaining that the warnings on prescription medications are to be toughened up. It is better late than never! Find out more and read the full article inside here.
In England alone, there were over 314,000 potential years of life lost related to alcohol consumption, the highest level since 2011 and there were 4,359 deaths related to drug poisoning registered in the UK, the highest number and the highest annual increase.
These numbers are shocking. We need to bring the topics of addictions and overdoses into the spotlight, remove the stigma and shame previously attached to them and raise awareness for this vital issue. These lives could have been saved from Addictions that are treatable & overdoses that are preventable!
Why are those who are homeless or sleep rough more dependant on substances to cope or end up dying earlier than those who are housed in permanent accommodation? What can we do about it? How can you help? Can you volunteer or donate? Read on to find out more!