We"re a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62m prescriptions every year

We're a nation of painkiller addicts: Doctors writing 62million prescriptions every yearExperts say doctors give out pills too readily, often just signing forms without checking detailsSix billion pills were bought over the counter last year, with sales growing at 4.1 per cent annually | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 28 December 2012 More than 62million prescriptions are written annually on the NHS, a 30 per cent rise in only five years Britain has become a nation of painkiller addicts, with soaring numbers of pills handed out by GPs.

Middle-class professionals are turning to legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users, warns leading expert

Middle-class professionals are turning to legal highs 'to avoid being classed as illegal drug users' Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, a leading consultant psychiatrist, said many educated young people mistakenly think the drugs are not harmfulSays people use them to avoid stigma of drugs such as cocaine and heroin His specialist hospital unit has been inundated with referrals from those taking legal highs | UPDATED: 15:44 GMT, 27 December 2012 An increasing number of young professionals are taking legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users (posed by model) An increasing number of young professionals are taking legal highs to avoid being classed as illegal drug users, a leading expert has warned.

Illicit drugs appear to be "going out of fashion" as figures reveal record decline in usage

Drugs are 'going out of fashion' as figures show dramatic fall in usage since 1996 Annual crime survey shows decline in use of so-called legal highsHerion usage has stabilised at a low level with 0.1 per cent of the population thought to be taking itCannabis is still the most popular drug, with about 2.3million people using it last year | UPDATED: 22:31 GMT, 28 September 2012 Illegal drug taking could be 'going out of fashion' as new Home Office figures reveal a continuation in comparatively low level usage.

Jason Barnum arrested: Terrifying criminal with a tattooed EYEBALL arrested for “shooting at police officer”

Straight out of The Terminator: Terrifying criminal with a tattooed EYEBALL arrested for “shooting at police officer” . Shooting: Jason Barnum, pictured, was charged with shooting a police officer on Friday A heavily tattooed man who admitted robbing homes and stealing cars to fund his heroin habit has been charged with shooting at a police officer.