Concerns raised about the misuse of ‘prescription’ sedatives in Wales

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A report published by Public Health Wales warned of the dangers of buying ‘prescription’ sedatives and says there has been a substantial increase in non-prescription ‘prescription’ drugs submitted to the drug testing service in the country of Wales.

Benzodiazepines, such as diazepam, are the class of psychoactive psychoactive substances most commonly identified by WEDINOS, which allows drug users in Wales to anonymously send samples for testing, and diazepam has been identified in 13% of all community samples received in the past year.

Josie Smith, public health substance abuse manager for Wales and program manager for WEDINOS, said the service was “aware of the high number of substitutions within benzodiazepines” and warned: “These products may contain varying amounts of active ingredients, substituted drugs with different onset and duration, different concentrations or combinations of substances, making it difficult for individuals to know what they are taking and reducing the potential harms associated for consumption.

“This is a real threat to an individual’s health, including the risks of overdose and development of addiction,” she added.


This weekend, the Swansea Bay Board of Health issued a warning after the death of a man and 12 overdoses have been recorded there since last Wednesday.

Health officials say it’s unclear what lies behind the cases, but people were initially warned about a “bad batch” of bogus anti-anxiety drugs, falsely sold as Valium and Xanax.

Swansea Bay Board of Health Director of Public Health Keith Reid said: “I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. It is important that we view drug use primarily as a public health problem and that we recognize its very real impact on individuals and families in our communities.

“This number of overdose cases in such a short period of time is very concerning, and we are not yet clear what drug or drugs may be behind it.

“So we advise people to be very careful. If you use drugs, please exercise great caution, especially if you have recently changed providers or have been offered, or are using, a new medicine.

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Covid cases in Wales peak at 23 weeks

Public Health Wales recorded 1,190 new cases of Covid within 48 hours until 9 a.m. yesterday.

In the seven days leading up to July 7, a total of 4,290 people tested positive for the virus, the highest weekly total since the week ending January 24, when 5,631 cases were detected.

Wrexham continues to have the highest weekly case rate in Wales at 329.5 per 100,000 people, a 9.5 increase from yesterday’s report and the weekly positivity rate of 14.2% for 100,000 tests is also the worst in Wales and fell 13.1% on Sunday. update.

Following the increase in Covid cases in Wales in recent weeks, only seven of 22 local authorities currently have case rates below 100.

Meanwhile, the national case rate has jumped from 9.1 to 136.1 since yesterday and the rate of positive tests is up 0.5% to 6.6%.

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Plaid back the government on the announcement of the face mask

Plaid Cymru welcomed the government’s announcement yesterday that the mandatory wearing of face masks will remain in place for “certain parameters” even though a decision is made later in the week to ease restrictions with a one-level move alert one to zero.

Education Minister Jeremy Miles on Friday announced that face coverings in classrooms in Wales will no longer be recommended when schools return from summer holidays in September and the UK government announced last week that it was removing all Covid restrictions, including the wearing of a face mask in all public spaces, later this month.

“We know that face coverings are an extremely important form of mitigation in the fight against Covid-19 because they help stop the spread of the virus from an infected person, while also providing a degree of protection to the wearer. against the virus. Plaid Cymru therefore welcomes the sensible move by the Welsh government to require the continued use of face coverings in certain contexts as the number of cases remains high, ”said Plaid’s Health spokesperson Rhun ap Iorwerth MS.

“First-hand evidence shows, however, that current social distancing and face covering laws are not properly enforced in enclosed environments such as trains. Consistency on the part of the Welsh government is therefore crucial if these measures are effective in keeping the virus at bay. “

“Consistency is also important when it comes to schools. To protect young people from the long-lasting risks of Covid, mandatory face coverings must continue in overcrowded educational settings such as school buses and hallways, as this is the only group not protected by vaccines. “

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford’s announcement refers to laws that remain in place for settings, “including public transport and taxis, as well as health and social care, at a minimum.”

The government also said a further examination is underway as to whether face masks would be needed in other settings such as retail.

Beddgelert, Gwynedd

North Wales is the top choice for UK holidaymakers

North Wales is the most popular holiday destination for British tourists this summer, according to a new survey.

With most international travel severely reduced due to the Covid pandemic, nearly two-thirds (62%) of holidaymakers intend to spend their main summer break in the UK this year, up from 50% in 2019.

Figures compiled by the Sykes Holiday Cottages 2021 Staycation Index also revealed that tourists intend to spend an average of £ 940 on their main holidays, including accommodation, travel, food and drink and that the majority of those surveyed planned to take two vacations this year.

The 10 most popular destinations in the UK this summer are:

1 North wales
2 Cumbria
3 Cornwall
4 Devon
5 North Yorkshire
6 Yorkshire Dales
7 Peak District
8 South wales
9 East Anglia
ten Dorset

“We expect the transition to home vacations to continue and hope to continue to see vacation destinations outside of the usual honeypot locations gain in popularity in the years to come,” said Graham Donoghue, Managing Director of Sykes Holiday Cottages.

Trident submarine. Photo by BodgerBrooks (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Gareth Williams, local democracy journalist

Gwynedd’s advisers unanimously supported calls on the British government to continue nuclear disarmament.

Council members backed a motion supporting the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, with an amendment urging UK ministers to abandon plans to replace its Trident nuclear arsenal.

Originally presented by Nefyn adviser Gruffydd Williams, the move will see a letter sent to the UK government to inform them of the resolution.

The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for its work in encouraging most members of the United Nations to accept the International Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons.

The treaty prohibits the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons and prohibits signatories from authorizing “any stationing, installation or deployment of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices” in their territory.

But with the British government not in favor, instead supporting a replacement for the Trident nuclear deterrent, this position was condemned by Gwynedd’s advisers.

The UK has said that while remaining committed to a nuclear-free world, the government does not believe the treaty will end nuclear weapons and could undermine existing efforts to do so, such as the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Cllr Williams, moving the motion, said: “Several anti-nuclear groups and organizations have already supported what is presented to you today.

“The UK did not sign and did not participate in the talks, saying it will never back, preferring to renew Trident despite the astronomical cost of £ 205 billion.

“They are offering to kill on a scale that we cannot understand, but we can show humanitarian leadership as a council. “

Cllr Elin Walker proposed a slight amendment to Cllr Williams’ motion, which was supported by all members, adding that the UK government should support the treaty in addition to offering the support of the Gwynedd Council.

The motion was supported by 53 councilors, no votes against and three abstentions.

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