Millions of us are swallowing potentially addictive pills to deal with chronic pain and depression. According to a review by Public Health England (PHE) published last month, in the past year 11.5 million patients were given at least one prescription for opioid painkillers, antidepressants, sleeping pills or tranquillisers. All these drugs can be addictive— and with opioids the risk rises every day you take them, according to a 2017 study by Professor Bradley Martin of the American Centre for Disease Control. Specialist drug treatment centres are one way to tackle the problem of a ‘hidden epidemic’ of people dependent on prescription pills (stock image) He calculated that if patients were initially given a five-day supply, there was a 10 per cent risk they would still be taking opioids a year later. ‘Being prescribed a 30-day supply increases your chance of still being on those pills a year later by nearly 50 per cent.’ Furthermore, researchers at the … [Read more...] about Are addiction clinics the answer for those hooked on prescription pills? We speak to experts about the range of possible solutions to UK’s medications crisis
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100 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarantino’s latest jaw-dropper bumps Kill Bill: Vol 1 off the list in gloriously irreverent fashion. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a fading western star and his mutt-loving stunt double in this relaxed and loving roast of bygone Tinseltown. CS Read the review 99 Bright Star (2009) An early lead for Ben Whishaw as the ailing John Keats romancing Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is the tremulous soul of this underappreciated Jane Campion drama. The butterflies are too tropical for Hampstead, but the rest is spot-on. CS Read the review 98 The Dark Knight (2008) The only comic book movie to make the cut is Christopher Nolan’s genre masterpiece: fatalist, bracing and forever the legacy of Heath Ledger, posthumously awarded an Oscar for his terrifying performance. CS Read the review 97 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Michael Moore’s finest hour: a blazing juggernaut with George W Bush, the Iraq war, the media, democracy and us, … [Read more...] about The 100 best films of the 21st century
Boris Johnson’s bid to trigger a general election next month has been blocked by MPs following a string of heavy defeats for the government in both houses of parliament. The prime minister was thwarted three times in the House of Commons: an attempt by opposition parties and Tory rebels to block a no-deal Brexit easily cleared its second and third readings, and Johnson later failed in his attempt to force a snap general election. Immediately afterwards, the prime minister called Jeremy Corbyn, “the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election”. But an early poll seemed increasingly likely after the Labour leader signalled that he would back Johnson’s call for a snap poll, but only once the bill opposing a no-deal Brexit bill has passed. The vote came just 48 hours after the prime minister told the public, “I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election”. The motion … [Read more...] about Cornered Boris Johnson suffers triple Commons defeat
‘Fury as academic tells BBC’s Radio 4 programme that Manchester, Leeds and York are not in the north.” “John Humphrys interrogates Rupert Everett about being gay – then asks when it’ll be irrelevant.” “Criticising Rwanda for sponsoring Arsenal shirts is shortsighted and insulting.” Headlines from London’s Evening Standard, the New Statesman and the Independent. And the connection? Radio 4’s Today programme. What is it about Today? Why does everyone get so riled up about it? Type #r4today into Twitter of a morning, and see the vitriol. Talk to BBC insiders and they launch into a rant. Everyone has an opinion about Today. As Radio 4’s early morning current affairs show, the flagship news outlet that strikes terror into politicians’ hearts even as they clamour to appear on it, the Today programme has been a fixture of British daily life since 1957, when it began as two 20-minute segments of “topical … [Read more...] about Trouble at the Today programme: is it losing its grip?
Kimberley Wall (pictured above) suffered complications from a gastric by-pass operation she had in 2008 A 23-stone mother-of-three starved to death after she struggled to eat following a gastric by-pass, an inquest has heard. Kimberley Wall had undergone the procedure in 2008 over fears her obesity would kill her - but during the next ten years her weight plummeted until she weighed just five stone. The 44-year-old from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, could only manage two mouthfuls of food when it was given to her and she was so weak she was barely able to walk or even get out of bed. Despite repeated attempts by doctors to treat the former nursery nurse and hairdresser, Miss Wall, who had been due to see a specialist, was admitted to Fairfield Hospital in Bury after her condition deteriorated. She died a week later with tests showing that she had suffered heart failure due to malnutrition contributed to by the gastric by-pass operation. Last week a coroner concluded there were no … [Read more...] about 23-stone mother-of-three, 44, starved to death after she struggled to eat following gastric by-pass operation, inquest hears