Drug rehabilitation

Conservatives' Colin Clark and SNP's Ian Blackford on Scotland's drug crisis
Conservative MP Colin Clark and the SNP's Ian Blackford clash over solutions to the drug crisis in Scotland.

Recovering addicts walk in Tower Hamlets to raise awareness

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Recovery Walk group photo

Dozens of recovering addicts have taken part in a walk around the East End to raise awareness of drug and alcohol addiction.

The Recovery Walk from Mile End to Whitechapel brought people affected by addiction together to raise awareness of the problem and celebrate those who have overcome it.

Councillors and Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs joined the group on the walk.

Junaid Khan, a mentor at the Providence Row charity, was among those who took part.

His documentary The Beast Inside Me, which chronicled his own struggles with addiction, won first place at this year’s Recovery Street Film Festival.

He said: “Showing that recovery is possible is so important and really helps to tackle the stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction. It’s fantastic that events like the Recovery Walk exist and give everyone the opportunity to come together to celebrate and learn from each other.”

Mr Biggs said: “The Recovery Walk is all about celebrating the commitment and drive from individuals going through treatment of substance dependence. This documentary has managed to capture this perfectly. We are proud to provide a support system that will help residents beat their addiction safely and integrate those affected back into the community.”

Barrow plan to reduce drug deaths 'already saving lives'

Measures to try to spot people so deep into drug use that they might die, so they can be given special help, are already saving lives, according to one official.

Figures published today showed drug deaths in Cumbria rising by 40% in the five years up to 2018, but Lesley Graham, the county council's public health manager in Barrow, the worst affected community, said bringing various organisations together had reduced the toll.

We worked with people like the Department of Work and Pensions, we worked with lots of third sector agencies to identify people at risk, we undertook an education programme with schools and colleges, we identified a trigger plan with those most vulnerable, we think we saved 30 lives last year through this trigger plan."

Lesley Graham

Stealing from the Sick

BBC Africa Eye headed undercover to expose medicine theft by medical professionals.
Everyone in Uganda is entitled to free medicine to combat killer diseases like malaria. Despite Government efforts to improve access to essential medicines, a significant number of people have to use private facilities because of frequent stockouts.

BBC Africa Eye headed undercover to expose one of the reasons why there is shortage of life saving drugs – medicine theft by medical professionals.

Africa Eye worked together with the Ugandan investigative journalist, Solomon Serwanjja.

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Rehab Nightmare: Drugs, Chains and Canes

Africa Eye is undercover in Nairobi to expose a form of religious healing gone wrong.
BBC Africa Eye’s latest investigation goes undercover in the Somali neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya, to expose a form of religious healing gone badly wrong.
Islamic rehab centres offer treatment to people suffering from addiction or mental health problems. But Somali reporter Jamal Osman discovers that, behind the closed doors of one rehab clinic, patients are routinely abused, beaten, and forced to drink a toxic liquid called harmala.

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Ex-drug addicts call for early intervention

MPs are told children must receive support
A group of recovering drug addicts have told MPs that intervention to help young people doesn't begin early enough. 

They were appearing before the Scottish Affairs Committee as part of an inquiry into problem drug use. 

Mandy Baker was watching.

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