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The five most addictive substances in the world (and 3 of them are legal!)


We’d never recommend anyone does drugs (especially the illegal ones). But if you do have your heart set on mind-altering substances, it’s probably wise to avoid these five – as they’ve been found to be the most addictive substances in the world. Oh dear. A group of addiction experts, chemists, forensic scientists, and pharmacologists, headed up by Professor David Nutt, analysed the addictive qualities of different drugs to have a go at ranking them in terms of how addictive they are. The researchers averaged out three factors: pleasure given by use, psychological dependence, and physical dependence. They then gave each drug a ranking from zero to three, with zero being the least addictive and three being the most. Here are the five substances they rated to be the most addictive. It’s worth noting that while alcohol comes in at number five in terms of its addictive qualities, previous research lists is as the most damaging of the drug of the lost, with the World Health Organisation estimating that around 5.9% deaths worldwide are attributable to alcohol consumption.

The five most addictive substances in the world:

Heroin, with a score of 3

Cocaine, with a score of 2.4

Nicotine, with a score of 2.2

Barbiturates, with a score of 2

Alcohol, with a score of 1.9

Barbiturates, meanwhile, are often prescribed to treat seizures and anxiety. The most addictive drugs aren’t all the big scary Class A’s you might expect – three (nicotine, barbiturates, and alcohol) of the top five are legal to consume and widely accepted to use. That doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous. Be careful out there.

Article reposted from The Metro:

Number of UK crack users seeking help to beat addiction is up 23%

Increased need for support and rise in seizure of the smokable form of cocaine come as overall numbers accessing drug treatment is down

Crack cocaine
 There was a 12% rise in people seeking to beat an addiction to both crack and opiates. 

National Drug Treatment Monitoring System figures show 3,657 people asked for help to stop using the smokable form of cocaine in the year to April 2016, compared with 2,980 in the previous year. There was a 12% increase in people seeking to beat an addiction to both crack and opiates – such as heroin – in the same period, to 21,854.

Overall, opiate use remained the most common reason to seek help, with just over half of patients battling addictions to heroin, methadone and similar substances. But the sharp rise in numbers asking for help with crack addiction sparked concerns, after a much smaller rise of 3% the previous year.

Separate data, released on Thursday by the Home Office, showed a 16% rise in seizures of crack in the year to April 2017.

Overall, 279,793 people accessed drug treatment services in England in the year to April 2017, of whom 69% were male and 90% were white.

The NDTMS report, published on Thursday, agreed that the increase in the numbers seeking treatment for crack addiction probably reflected a rise in the use of the drug. “This increase in the number of new users may be in part caused by changes in the purity and affordability of crack cocaine over the last few years,” the report said.

In a blogpost accompanying the release, Rosanna O’Connor, a drugs expert at Public Health England, speculated that changes in drug supply networks, including the “county lines” phenomenon, where metropolitan drug gangs are branching out to establish outposts in provincial towns, may also be playing a role.

“You can bet your bottom dollar that if the Home Office are reporting greater seizures the price is coming down, because that means for every one they seize they’ll be ten that will get by,” Hamilton said. “So that would definitely indicate that price is coming down of crack, and it may just be that, it may just be a price-led thing where it’s cheap and it’s easy to get hold of.”

He added: “Health economists have this rule that price and availability drive drug use geographically, so whether you’re in Brixton or Bournemouth or Bolivia, if the price is sufficiently low and the drug sufficiently available then you’ll get that drug used in that area.”

London Winter Shelters 2017-18 list

Temperatures have dropped, and with London in the grips of its first cold snap, we have produced a list of the emergency shelters that will be open in the capital this winter.

Updates may be made to this listing as the winter progresses and more information becomes available about some of the shelters.

The winter shelters are listed under the boroughs in which they operate, so some appear more than once. Crisis at Christmas operates a service across London, and is included as the first entry. Some boroughs are not listed at all – Housing Justice may be able to advise on projects operating in these areas.

The Homeless England website gives more details of the winter shelters, as well as other emergency accommodation, advice and support services for people experiencing homelessness.

London Winter Shelters 2017-18_version2.pdf | 443K


“The Opposite Of Addiction is Connection” Do you agree?

Article from :

Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging. Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement:

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Harri

These sentiments are augmented by a growing number of experts, including addiction specialist Dr Gabor Maté, who cites ’emotional loss and trauma’ as the core of addiction. Compare this ’emotional loss’ to Johan Harri’s idea about lack of connection and it is clear they’re talking about a similar emotional condition.

Read the full article here:

Do you agree with these findings? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Naloxone Survey Results 2017

NaloxoneThis survey was conducted by the LGA’s Research and Information team between 16 June and 5 July 2017, on behalf of the LGA and Public Health England, in order to better understand the use of naloxone across local authorities, and to demonstrate how it is considered by local authorities as part of their response to drug-related deaths.
Public health
31 Jul 2017

The main findings are as follows:

  • 90 per cent of respondent local authorities currently made available take-home naloxone.
  • 99 per cent of respondents which made it available provided it through drug treatment services, 25 per cent did so through hostels and 25 per cent using outreach workers.
  • 95 per cent of respondents which made it available provided it to drug treatment service users, 79 per cent to family/friends/carers of opiate users, and 64 per cent to opiate users not in treatment.
  • 76 per cent of respondents which made it available had a policy or framework for its provision.
  • 50 per cent of respondents which did not currently make it available (14) indicated that they would make it available if there were an increase in opiate overdoses in their area or an increase in drug-related deaths in their area.
  • 29 per cent of respondents which did not currently make it available reported that the low number of local opiate-related deaths was a factor in their decision, and 21 per cent referred to the low number of local opiate overdoses.Naloxone.svg

“Giving up cigarettes linked with recovery from illicit substance use disorders”

Smokers in recovery from illicit drug use disorders are at greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with those who do not smoke cigarettes. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Check out the full article at the following link: