Scotland’s drug death crisis in six charts

Almost 1,200 died of drug-related deaths in Scotland last year, a rise of 27% on 2017 and the highest recorded rate in Europe. The deaths were directly caused by drugs, which were usually acquired illicitly and most often among people who are known to be dependent users. 1. The worst rate in Europe? Scotland’s drug-related death rate is higher than all other EU countries but it needs to be said that there are recognised issues with under-reporting in some countries. While it seems likely that the problem in many countries is worse than official figures suggest, Scotland’s drug-related death rate – 218 per million of the population – is by far the highest. It is about three times that of …

Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘chained to bed’ in hospital

In a press release, the Free Nazanin Campaign said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, told her husband she was “broken” by the experience. ‘Proper torture’ Speaking to him on the phone on Sunday and Monday, he said she told him: “They did all they could to me – handcuffs, ankle cuffs, in a private room two by three metres, with thick curtains, and the door closed all the time. “I wasn’t allowed to leave the room, as I was chained to the bed. It was proper torture. It was tough, and I was struggling.” He said she continued: “I never thought I would end up there. I always found myself strong, and then finding myself there – it was really traumatising. “There …

As New Political Scandals Engulf Puerto Rico, How Much More Can The Island Take?

Ricardo Rosselló’s administration and sent thousands into the streets of San Juan to demand his resignation.  FBI agents arrested two former top officials ― Julia Keleher, who served as Puerto Rico’s secretary of education until April, and Ángela Ávila-Marrero, who headed the island’s Health Insurance Administration until last month ― on July 10 for allegedly directing lucrative government contracts to unqualified, politically connected contractors.  One day later, an anonymous source leaked the governor’s private chats on the encrypted messaging app Telegram to local media outlets. On Saturday, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism 889 pages of the logs, showing Rosselló and his Cabinet officials making crass, misogynistic and homophobic remarks. Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín and Chief Financial Officer …

Ebola outbreak in Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says

(CNN)The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo now constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday. The facts about Ebola The WHO International Health Regulations’ Emergency Committee for Ebola Viral Disease in Congo convened at the organization’s world headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss whether or not the outbreak constitutes international concern. “The fight is ongoing for a full year now,” Robert Steffen, chairman of the committee, said during a press conference on Wednesday. The meeting was the fourth time the committee has convened to review the outbreak. In a deliberation on Friday, it was decided that the outbreak does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern. …

Rand Paul stops unanimous passage of 9/11 first responders funding bill

(CNN)Republican Sen. Rand Paul objected Wednesday to an attempt to pass the bill funding 9/11 first responders’ health care unanimously, arguing that passing such a long-term bill without offsetting the cost would contribute to the national debt. “We need to at the very least have this debate. I will be offering up an amendment if this bill should come to the floor, but until then I will object,” added Paul, who voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut. That tax cut is helping drive a deficit increase. Speaking on the floor afterward, Gillibrand said that she was “deeply disappointed” in Paul’s decision. Gillibrand grew emotional describing how first responders have “had to use their most precious …

When ‘Puppy Mill Rescue’ Blurs The Line Between Saving And Selling Dogs

After the video played, Strader walked to center stage and talked about how her visit to the dog auction where she bought Lily seven years earlier had changed her life. She described her first sight of Lily and dozens of other dogs, how she was left speechless at their living conditions, how she sank to the ground in tears. During those first moments at the auction, she said, she decided to found a new kind of dog rescue organization — one that would take dogs from “puppy mill” breeders like Lily’s and offer them for adoption to loving homes. In the 12 years since she attended the Missouri auction, Strader has built a nonprofit empire. The organization she founded, National …

Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne primary school teacher: “We cry together over what we hear children say”. Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. Replies to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from 46 health trusts indicate they rose from 21,125 to 31,531. Seven trusts said they had rejected an individual pupil for treatment at least five times over the last four years. The government says it is “determined to improve mental health support”. Pupils had also spent more than a year on a waiting list for mental health services at 12 different trusts. Image caption …

Trump Renews Attacks Against Dem Congresswomen: Pro-Terrorist, Vile

Donald Trump on Tuesday continued his hate-filled attacks on a group of Democratic congresswomen of color, falsely accusing them of being “pro-terrorist” and “anti-USA.” racist tirade, fired off a series of fresh ″The Democratic Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate,” wrote Trump, who also has falsely accused former President Barack Obama of racist birther movement against him. Trump unleashed a racist rant against the lawmakers on Sunday, telling them to “go back” to other countries. Omar, who is black, immigrated to the U.S. from Somalia with her family in 1995. Pressley, who is black; Ocasio-Cortez, who is Latina; and Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, …

Netflix Deletes ’13 Reasons Why’ Suicide Scene After Criticism From Mental Health Experts

The show, based on a book of the same name, depicts the suicide of the protagonist in the last episode of season 1, with a scene of the youth Hannah slitting her wrists in a bathtub. While critically acclaimed, the show has drawn criticism from groups including the Parents Television Council (PTC), which claims the show glorifies teen suicide. “Netflix has finally acknowledged the harmful impact that explicit content, such as the graphic suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why, is capable of inflicting on children.” Suicides by young Americans rose by almost a third in the month following the 2017 streaming debut of the popular Netflix television series, The National Institutes of Health-supported (NIH) study found a 28.9 percent increase …

Justice Dept. probing whether J&J lied to public about talcum powders cancer risk: report

Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf in New York. (Reuters) But in recent years nearly a dozen juries have concluded that J&J knew some of its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products contained asbestos and did not make the information available to consumers, the report said. Such cases have cost J&J more than $5 billion in payouts to plaintiffs, the report said. J&J has since sold the Shower-to-Shower brand to another company that has an agreement with J&J protecting it from any asbestos lawsuits linked to the brand, according to Bloomberg. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP In March, a jury in California awarded $29 million to a woman who claimed J&J products caused …

Netflix removes suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why following debate

In the final episode of the first season—the story is told in flashback—the protagonist Hannah is shown slitting her wrists in the bathtub. While a Netflix spokesman declined to comment, the company tweeted early Tuesday that, on the advice of medical experts, it decided to edit the scene from the episode. The show is produced by Viacom Inc. ’s Paramount Television unit, which supported the decision to remove the scene, a person close to the show said. “13 Reasons Why” has been praised by critics but criticized by health advocates and some media watchdogs who fear it glorifies suicide. The show, which premiered in March 2017, is set to start its third season this year. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival …

Gay and trans soldiers say they were abused in South Korean military

Seoul (CNN)After months of watching the abuse, Park felt he had to act. According to Park, he and the original victim were forced to have sex with each other while other soldiers taunted them. They were then further ostracized within the unit and by their superiors for being “perverted.” The abuse continued. Eventually, they attempted to kill themselves. So did two other soldiers suffering similar bullying. “We went to the boiler room to cut ourselves and banged our heads against the wall,” Park said. “All four of us were eventually taken to a psychiatric hospital.” Park is one of dozens of South Korean soldiers who spoke anonymously to human rights NGO Amnesty International alleging abuse and discrimination against LGBT soldiers …

Does 5G pose health risks?

These waves travel shorter distances through urban spaces, so 5G networks require more transmitter masts than previous technologies, positioned closer to ground level. Radio waves are non-ionising The radio wave band – used for mobile phone networks – is non-ionising, “which means it lacks sufficient energy to break apart DNA and cause cellular damage,” says David Robert Grimes, physicist and cancer researcher. Higher up the electromagnetic spectrum, well beyond those frequencies used by mobile phones, there are clear health risks from extended exposure. The sun’s ultra-violet rays fall within this harmful category, and can lead to skin cancers. There are strict advisory limits for exposure to even higher energy radiation levels such as medical x-rays and gamma rays, which can …

Ohio Bill Aims To Bring Anti-Abortion Curriculum to Public Schools

Ohio Republicans are pushing a measure that would create a new public school curriculum about the “humanity of the unborn child,” with the declared goal of reaching an “abortion-free society.” The bill, which is sponsored by state Rep. Niraj Antani and currently pendingwould require the state’s Department of Health to design a curriculum that provides detailed scientific information about fetuses and gestation to be taught in science and health classes.  barred from consulting with organizations that provide abortions. The bill would also ban staff from referring students to abortion services and require  to implement the state-designed program. The measure is especially concerning to abortion-rights advocates as states nationwide increasingly try to crack down on access to and education about reproductive services. …

New Bill Would Lift Some Restrictions On Federal Housing For People With Criminal Records

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are teaming up on legislation to make it easier for people with criminal records to obtain federal housing assistance. recidivism and homelessness by helping ex-offenders find stable housing in the wake of the failed War on Drugs, which contributed to a disproportionate increase in the incarceration rate of U.S. minorities. Under current law, applicants for public housing or Section 8 vouchers may be rejected by housing authorities if a background check reveals drug-related crimes or violent crimes in their record. Public housing beneficiaries can also be evicted if they are convicted of a crime, no matter how minor.  The Fair Chance at Housing Act would loosen those guidelines …

For Black Women With Means, Money Isn’t The Only Barrier To Abortion Access

It is mostly women of color who will feel the impact of such bans, should these efforts take hold. Recent studies show women of color account for more than half of the country’s annual abortion procedures on average, and Black women specifically Linda Goler Blount, chief executive of the Black Women’s Health Imperative based in Atlanta, Georgia, is focused on ensuring that reproductive health access remains a right. Activist Byllyle Avery founded the BWHI in 1983. That same year, the group held its first conference on Black women’s health at the campus of Spelman College. Your organization is focused on Black women’s reproductive health. Will you explain why there’s a need for this focus? [Since our founding], we’ve been the only …