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Monday, 30th December 2013

UK: Drugs: New Psychoactive Substances and Prescription Drugs

Source: House of Commons Home Affairs Committee (UK)

From Key Facts:

Deaths involving new psychoactive substances (‘legal highs’) such as mephedrone increased by 79% from 29 in 2011 to 52 in 2012.

The number of new psychoactive substances reported by Member States to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime rose by 51% from 166 at the end of 2009 to 251 by mid-2012. This exceeds the total number of psychoactive substances (234) currently controlled by the international drug conventions...

Deaths involving the prescription painkiller Tramadol have increased by 300%, from 43 a year in 2004 to 175 a year in 2012.

The total number of drug-related deaths in 2012 was 2597.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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