Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team is sponsoring Recovery Month in September to increase awareness of substance use addiction and to celebrate recovery. Hundreds of people who are, or have been affected by addiction will come together to assist those struggling with substance use to find help and support. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Mick Hartley, a former drug addict and founder of KickBack Recovery.
Findings emerging from the Yorkshire Health Study show, on average, adults in Yorkshire are using two or three prescribed medications per day. The study, led by researchers at Sheffield University, employs a questionnaire survey to provide insight into the health of the people of Yorkshire and to improve services for those most in need. Since 2010 almost 30,000 adults have filled in the health questionnaire as part of the region-wide research. A further 800 people have also assisted through interviews or testing of new health treatments or services. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to project leader Dr Clare Relton.
South Yorkshire Police are urging drivers to avoid driving during the festive period while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The campaign to discourage people from irresponsible drinking emphasises safety and alcohol awareness with the aim to reduce drink driving, alcohol related violent crime, vulnerability, domestic violence and underage drinking. Additional measures include drink drive enforcement, test purchasing, the roll out of fixed penalty notices, working with licensed premises and increased patrols to deter people from drink driving. Bailor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Anyone found producing or supplying psychoactive substances, otherwise known as legal highs, now face up to seven years in prison under new legislation introduced this week.