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This cross-government Victims Strategy sets out a criminal justice system-wide response to improving the support offered to victims of crime and incorporates actions from all criminal justice agencies, including the police, Criminal Prosecution Service and courts.
This strategy builds on the good progress the Government has made over the past few years to ensure victims have the right help in the aftermath of a crime and are properly supported in the process of seeing justice delivered.
The Government’s vision is for a justice system that supports even more victims to speak up by giving them the certainty that they will be understood, that they will be protected, and that they will be supported throughout their journey, regardless of their circumstances or background.
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This edition includes;
Alcohol withdrawal Pathophysiology
Taken with consent – Medical photography
Farewell to Steve McKean
Sexual offensive focus
Police custody focus
Competitions to be won
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The Greater Manchester Drug Alert Panel has issued the warning below ahead of the festival season this summer and in light of a number of recent local incidents. The Alert panel decided on a generic warning of the potency of MDMA currently in circulation rather than about any specific pills or powders as there are so many different pills of high potency in circulation. While this alert if from Manchester is it likely high potency MDMA is being circulated wider across the UK.
Please give consideration to displaying in your patient facing areas, or making available for patients to take away with them.
UKAFN are pleased to announce that The Rt Hon. the Lord Bradley will chair this year’s conference titled ‘ACEs a lifelong influence?’. The conference will concentrate on Adverse Childhood Experiences from the cradle to the grave and how those working within Criminal Justice settings can positively intervene, especially for those working in police custody or sexual assault centres.
Rt Hon Lord Bradley was first elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency at the 1987 general election, having served as a councillor in Old Moat Ward (Manchester) since 1983. After the 1997 general election he became a junior minister at the Department of Social Security, and then became Deputy Chief Whip and Treasurer of the Queen’s Household in 1998. He was a junior minister in the Home Office for Criminal Justice, Sentencing, and Law Reform from 2001-2, and then a backbench MP and member of the Health Select Committee. He is a member of the Privy Council.
In 2009, Lord Bradley authored a review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system (the Bradley Report) to examine the extent to which offenders could, in appropriate cases, be diverted from prison to other services and the barriers to such diversion.
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Patient Focused! is a 3-day course accredited by the British Institute of Professional Photography. Students who pass the assessment on Day 3 will be eligible to apply for licentiate membership of British Institute of Professional Photography which awards the “LBIPP” post-nominal.
Each Patient Focused! course is conducted by experienced photographers and doctors. The course attracts 18 CPD points via the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine in London and are approximately 50% theory and 50% practical. Patient Focused! courses cover ethical and legal issues such as consent, confidentiality, data protection and GMC guidelines.
Patient Focused! provides all equipment. Using Nikon D3400 SLR cameras with the settings in “manual”. Make-up artists reproduce injuries such as erythema, bruises, scars and abrasions by using fake blood, skin wax and make-up: candidates practise on each other for this!
There is a maximum of 12 students per course with much of the practical work involving pairing-up to help with learning. If you require a bespoke training course at a specific venue and date, Patient Focused! will be happy to discuss this: please contact Patient Focused! at email@example.com for further details.
NB: Special offer of £450 per course from 1st March 2018.
‘Purple Drank’ and young people
Reports of the use of ‘PURPLE DRANK’ (also known as ‘LEAN’ or SIZZURP’) by young people
Information has been received from the Addaction services in Exeter that young people in the Honiton area are using ‘purple drank’. ‘Purple drank’ may also be known as ‘LEAN’ or Sizzurp’
What is ‘Purple Drank’?
This is a term used for a recreational drink that combines the following:
- Liquid medications that can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy (or via prescription and online) that contain codeine, promethazine or dextromethorphan. These may be purchased as individual medicines and mixed together.
- Soft drinks
- Fruit-flavoured sweets to improve taste
Codeine linctus is an opiate that can be purchased from pharmacies for the relief of dry irritating coughs.
Promethazine is a sedating antihistamine that can be purchased for short-term insomnia, allergic reactions and travel sickness.
Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant that can be purchased for dry tickly coughs.
When these medicines are mixed together to create ‘purple drank’ users can easily lose track of how much of the active drug they have consumed as the liquid is masked by pleasant or familiar flavours from soft drinks.
What are the effects of taking ‘purple drank’?
These will vary depending on the contents of the drink. However, users have reported euphoric and dissociative effects.
Other effects may include:
- constricted pupils
- slow or slurred speech
- uncontrolled eye movement
- droopy eyes
- slowed heart rate
- drowsiness, loss of balance
- loss of coordination
The ability to drive may be also be impaired, and young people have complained of ‘memory problems’ after taking the drink.
There is a risk of overdose particularly due to the use of codeine, which may be increased when taken in combination with alcohol.
This alert is to raise awareness amongst Addaction staff for the potential of young people to report the use of Purple Drank or other mixtures.
Harm reduction advice should be offered including:
- Risk of overdose which may be increased if taken with alcohol
- To use this with other people and never alone
- Reinforce that whilst these medicines can be legally sought when taken above the recommended doses the effects may be very damaging
- Ensure that users are aware of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of these concoctions.