Father of Amy Winehouse Launches Drug and Alcohol Awareness Programme

Mitch Winehouse, father of renowned singer Amy Winehouse, who tragically died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, has voiced his concerns that young people are given insufficient education on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Mr Winehouse stated that the current education system ‘misunderstands the reasons people turn to drink and drugs in the first [...]

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Should hair strand drug testing become compulsory for professional sports teams?

The coroner of the inquest into the death of Surrey cricketer, Tom Maynard, has called for analysis of hair samples to be considered for future drug testing by all sports clubs. In June 2012, Tom Maynard, who was then 23, was electrocuted after stepping on a live track before being hit by a train, causing [...]

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Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Anti-Drugs Campaign: ‘Talk to Frank’

Ten years ago, Talk to Frank changed the world of anti-drugs campaigning from one that viewed drugs as the devil which we should all ‘Just Say No’ to, to one that encouraged drugs to be spoken about openly and light-heartedly. Talk to Frank is the longest running anti-drugs campaign the UK has ever had. It [...]

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Should Drug Testing in Schools Come to the UK?

Controversial anti-drugs policies have begun to emerge in America’s schools. Rockhurst High School in Kansas, Missouri plan to use hair drug testing to discover if their students are using banned substances such as cocaine, PCP and marijuana. This was prompted by a recent survey on drug perception conducted by the school, in which many of [...]

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New Research into the Effects of Smoking on Women

A new study has shown that women who smoke are far more likely to die from tobacco related diseases in this day and age, than they were in the 1960s. The new study, which has looked at data from over two million women in the US, has found that tobacco related death rates in females [...]

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Alcohol and Sleep: The Facts

Who do I feel so tired the morning after the night before?  A nightcap before bedtime may send you off to sleep faster, but very few people realise that it can disrupt your night’s sleep. "A lot of people don't make the connection between feeling tired and drinking too much," says Jessica Alexander from the [...]

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Cuts in the Probation Service as the private sector bids for released offenders

The Government has proposed major changes to the way Probation Services are run in England and Wales. Under the proposed changes, low to medium risk offenders will be left under the supervision of private companies and charitable organisations, who successfully bid for probation contracts. Currently, the majority of released prisoners and people serving community sentences [...]

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Minimum Alcohol Pricing: The Benefits

Ministers are proposing a minimum price of 45p a unit for the sale of alcohol in England and Wales, as part of a plan to deter alcohol abuse. The Home Office has launched a 10-week consultation on the plan, arguing it will help reduce the levels of ill-health and crime related to alcohol. The BBC's [...]

By | December 28th, 2012|Drug Testing News|Comments Off on Minimum Alcohol Pricing: The Benefits

Festive Opening Hours

Our laboratory will be operating as normal over the majority of the festive period, there are however some special opening hours in place. Season's Greetings to all of our customers, and we look forward to working with you further in 2013. Monday 24th December  - 8.30am - 12.30pm Tuesday 25th December - Closed Wednesday 26th [...]

By | December 17th, 2012|News|Comments Off on Festive Opening Hours

Do Not Drink or Drug Drive this Christmas

Driving is a very demanding activity that requires a serious sense of responsibility and high concentration levels. A driver’s attitude on the road determines his and other drivers’ safety. Unfortunately, not all drivers maintain a responsible attitude, especially during the festive period; this has resulted in alcohol and drugs being the most common causes of [...]

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