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Legal highs in the news again

Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that death rates from drugs continue to decline overall, which is great news (although Britain still has the worst drug problem in Europe).

Downward trend in young people’s drinking, smoking and drug use continues

The latest ‘Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England’ report is out and 2012 saw a further reduction in the number of young people engaging in these activities.  However, there is a worrying increase in the use of legal highs which needs to be addressed.   Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is now the second most popular drug after cannabis and discarded cannisters are littering some suburbs.  A recent article in the Guardian reports that butane (lighter fluid) inhalation is claiming the lives of 40 people per year.

Rising numbers hospitalised by cannabis

The number of people admitted to hospital for mental or behavioural issues because of cannabis rose from 651 to 1,003 between 2008/9 and 20011/12.  Not surprising given that ‘Skunk’, the most commonly used form, is 8-23 times as strong as the cannabis that was smoked in the 60’s and 70’s.  (Addiction Today)

2013 Annual Conference for volunteers

Hope UK’s annual conference for its voluntary Drug Educators took place over the past weekend (12-14th April) at the beautiful setting of All Nations College in Ware.  Around 85 volunteers and eleven young people joined staff and Trustees for a weekend of training, networking and unadulterated fun.  The weekend included Hope UK’s Annual General Meeting attended by nearly 100 people.  A highlight was an impromptu dance led by two of the young people as part of our Alcohol-Free Today (AFT) project  – see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnQZI0a_hU0”  (The point?  To show that you don’t need alcohol to have a good time!)

“Hope UK is a shining example of women in volunteering” – says the Big Society

Hope UK voluntary Drug Educator Hayley Humphreys was interviewed by the Big Society to commemorate International Women’s Day.  See her inspiring interview at the link below:




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