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UK study finds pandemic-hit NHS wastes over £560mn yearly on 'unnecessary' & addictive pills with severe withdrawal symptoms

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Despite the Covid pandemic, the NHS is reportedly wasting as much as £568 million yearly on habit-forming drugs like painkillers and sleeping pills that the majority of patients do not need, leading to dangerous addictions.

Doctors in England are unnecessarily pushing dependency-causing opioids, antidepressants and other pills, according to a new study by the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP). Researchers found that three in four prescriptions were totally unnecessary in some cases.

The study, published on Tuesday in the journal Addictive Behaviours, revealed that, for many patients, their symptoms were not severe enough to warrant such medication. In other cases, safer options of treatment, such as counselling or less toxic drugs, were not fully explored while there were also instances of patients who were put on the pills for longer than required.

Comment: More damning information from the Daily Mail:
Concerns over prescription-drug dependency are not new. The Committee on Safety of Medicines — a government body set up after the thalidomide scandal of the 1950s — warned back in 1980 that patients given benzodiazepines for anxiety and sleep problems were at risk of becoming dependent on them if they stayed on them for longer than four weeks.

It urged GPs to limit the drugs' use, scrap repeat prescriptions and help patients come off the pills gradually — tapering to smaller doses — to avoid acute withdrawal symptoms.

Dr Davies says: 'Yet, here we are, 40 years later and roughly half of those NHS patients prescribed benzodiazepines have been on them for more than two years.

'It's the easiest thing in the world to prescribe a drug but it can be very difficult to get some people off them.'

Meanwhile, Britain's opioid crisis is starting to mirror that seen in the U.S., where overdoses have claimed more than 500,000 lives since the late-1990s.

Research published a year ago in the journal PLoS Medicine, by experts at Manchester University, found codeine use in the UK had risen five-fold in the previous decade. Prescriptions for opioids tramadol and oxycodone rose too. Latest data show deaths from codeine overdose rose to 212 in England in 2020 (from 156 in 2017); in the past decade codeine poisoning deaths have doubled.

Experts fear increased demand for over-the-counter codeine formulations may be largely to blame, sparking calls for a ban on their direct sale to the public.

Worryingly, the Manchester study showed one in seven first-time users of the painkillers became long-term users, even though it is known to lead to addiction.

Last year, the Medicines and Regulatory Healthcare products Agency — which vets drug safety — introduced stronger labelling for opioid medicines, warning patients they could get addicted and experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if they stopped taking it suddenly. The body also says drugs such as tramadol and oxycodone should be limited beyond cancer patients.
The opioid crisis in the U.K. has the same antecedents as America's:


Question

Norway 'bow-and-arrow mass shooting by Islamic terrorist' turns out NOT to have been committed with a bow and arrows


Comment: Norwegian police reporting on this has been dodgy from the get-go. Why were the initial reports so full of details that were so wrong?


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The Kongsberg supermarket where part of the attack took place reopened last Monday
Five people who died in an attack in Norway last week were actually killed by a "sharp object" and not a bow and arrow as was initially reported.

The suspect, Espen Andersen Brathen, shot at people with arrows in Kongsberg, close to the capital, Oslo.

But investigating officers said at some point he either discarded or lost his bow.

It was the worst attack in Norway since far-right extremist Anders Breivik massacred 77 people a decade ago.

Five people were killed with a sharp object both in their own homes and in public spaces, police said on Monday, without giving further details.

Comment: It sure sounds like they're hiding something. Were other people involved?


People

Psychosis cases soar 75% this year in England as lockdown hits mental health

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Psychosis can involve seeing or hearing things that other people don't (hallucinations) and developing beliefs that aren't based on reality (delusions), which can be highly distressing.
Cases of psychosis have soared over the past two years in England as an increasing number of people experience hallucinations and delusional thinking amid the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There was a 75% increase in the number of people referred to mental health services for their first suspected episode of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021, NHS data shows.

The rise continued throughout the summer, with 12,655 referred in July 2021, up 53% from 8,252 in July 2019.

Much of the increase has been seen over the last year, after the first national lockdown, according to data analysed by the charity Rethink Mental Illness. More than 13,000 referrals were made in May 2021, a 70% rise on the May before when there were 7,813 referrals.

Comment: Obviously the longer this goes on, the worse the situation will become, however one wonders whether there are other factors contributing to the surge in psychosis cases other than lockdowns; it's particularly curious that this year has seen the most significant rise: RNA Vaccines, Obedience and Eugenics

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Biohazard

Birth defects and the toxic legacy of war in Iraq

Boys play in front of burning oilfields in Qayyara, south of Mosul, Iraq, 2016.
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Boys play in front of burning oilfields in Qayyara, south of Mosul, Iraq, 2016.
In Iraq, birth defects are a visible embodiment of the enduring toxic legacy of war for future generations and the environment. The Falluja Hospital's birth defects Facebook page, where medical staff catalogue cases, reveals the striking diversity and quantity of congenital anomalies.[1] Babies in Falluja are born with hydrocephaly, cleft palates, tumors, elongated heads, overgrown limbs, short limbs and malformed ears, noses and spines.

The accompanying case reports are brief and often incorporate prognoses like "incompatible with life" or "stillborn." The reproductive history of the mother is sometimes included as well. While most of these children do not survive, some live for weeks, months or years, often in pain and with grave disabilities.

Samira Alaani, a pediatrician at the Falluja General Hospital, is among several doctors who started noticing a wide range of uncommon birth defects among the infants delivered after the start of the US occupation in 2003. Not only were birth defects high in number, they were also new and unusual in kind. Alaani and her colleagues were among the first to sound international alarm by publishing reports documenting the high rate of birth defects observed in hospitals in Falluja and Basra. In 2013, Alaani stated in an interview with the BBC:

Comment: See also:


Sheriff

Joe Rogan says Google is 'hiding information' about vaccine-related deaths

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Mega-popular podcaster Joe Rogan said that Google is "hiding information" about vaccine-related deaths — and that he's ceased using Google as a search engine.

What are the details?

In an interview last week with former New York Times writer Alex Berenson — who's taken heat for raising red flags about COVID-19 vaccines and America's response to the pandemic — Rogan revisited the false narrative from the likes of CNN that he was taking "horse dewormer" to cure his COVID infection when a doctor legitimately prescribed him ivermectin, the Daily Wire said.

"What is the source of all this? What's the epicenter of bulls**t?" Rogan asked, according to the outlet, adding, "Specifically in my case, where they're saying, 'horse dewormer.' Like why? Who's doing that?"

Comment: Rogan is on fire! As more data comes out about vaccine side effects and lack of vaccine efficacy the technocrats are going into overdrive to hide the truth and quell dissenting voices. See also:


Info

David Amess killing: Suspect is son of top Somali government official - Stabbed MP multiple times, then 'calmly sat down'

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The murder of Southend West MP Sir David Amess in a stabbing attack on Friday has left residents of the Essex town and politicians in shock. Tributes have been paid to him by members of all major parties.

Details are emerging of the identity and past of the man who murdered a Conservative backbench MP in his Essex constituency.

The suspect in the killing of Sir David Amess was named on Saturday as Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old Somali man who lived in London.

Comment: Sky News also reported that "Ali and his younger siblings were among the first Muslim pupils at the Parish Church Junior and Infant school". His former primary school teacher said he happily took part in morning assembly and sang Christian hymns. He also said:
"Ali wasn't a high-flyer, but was a hard-working child, especially good at maths. We had plenty of naughty boys, but he wasn't one of them. He was a good boy, polite and friendly and readily joined in with the other children. I think he was a chess player.

"I would never have said he was on course for anything other than a positive outcome. He wasn't an isolated child and engaged with his classmates."
Ali later attended Riddlesdown Collegiate School in Purley where he passed A-levels and went on to study at university in 2015.

Greenbaumed? Sounds likely.

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Stock Down

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

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Isle of Wight festival September 2021. The Covid pandemic forced the cancellation of festivals, venues and tours and despite reopening it has had a longer lasting impact on the industry.
More than a third of UK music industry workers lost their jobs last year - 69,000 in total - as venues closed, festivals were scrapped, tours ground to a halt and the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the sector.

UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the commercial music industry from artists and record labels to the live music sector, said the value of the industry almost halved last year due to the financially crippling impact of the Covid crisis.

The music industry's contribution to the wider UK economy, ranging from music sales and licensing to stadium tours, gigs in grassroots venues and merchandise, plummeted from a record £5.8bn in 2019 to £3.1bn last year.

Comment: There are only so many jobs to go around and the music industry wasn't the only sector to suffer massive job losses, so where are all these people going to find employment? More so considering that the British government has extended its 'emergency' powers into next year, meaning that there are more surprises in store for the country, and instability like this isn't good for business: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Zero Carbon - Zero Covid: The Reckless and Extremist Ideologies at the Heart of Government




Pistol

Illinois mom allegedly shoots man dead after he refused to kiss her

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Claudia Resendiz-Florez demanded that James P. Jones kiss her, and he refused.
An Illinois mother of three shot a man dead after he — and his girlfriend — refused to kiss her, authorities said.

Claudia Resendiz-Florez, 28, had just moved in with James P. Jones, 29, and his girlfriend at the Preserve Woodfield apartment complex in Rolling Meadows when a love triangle fatally exploded, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The three had been drinking together Thursday night when Resendiz-Florez asked Jones for a kiss, which he refused — instead kissing his girlfriend.

Comment: See also:


Cult

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot: Cops who oppose vaccine mandates are spreading 'misinformation' to 'induce an insurrection'

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago have an order in place to have city workers report their COVID-19 vaccination status.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago claimed on Monday that those police officers who oppose the vaccine mandate in the Windy City are attempting to "induce an insurrection."

When asked about the police union's refusal to back the city's vaccine mandates, Lightfoot said, "What we've seen from the Fraternal Order of Police, in particularly leadership, is a lot of misinformation, a lot of half truths, and, frankly, flat out lies in order to induce an insurrection. And we're not having that."

"And so we want to make it very, very clear that the law is on our side, we feel very confident about it. And what we said even after, when I heard that he said, even after the lawsuit was filed, we notified them, is urging members of the department to ignore their chain of command," Lightfoot said.

Comment: The Chicago police are not alone:


Mr. Potato

CNN media clown Brian Stelter cuts off Bari Weiss, asks 'Who's stopping the conversation?'

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Brian Stelter
As former New York Times editor Bari Weiss warned that narrow media coverage and rampant self-censorship have created a world gone mad, CNN's Brian Stelter interrupted her to ask, "Who's the people stopping the conversation?"

"You write there are tens of millions of Americans who aren't on the hard-Left or the hard-Right, who feel the world has gone mad. So, in what ways has the world gone mad?" Stelter asked, airing a part of a pre-recorded interview he conducted with Weiss for Sunday's episode of "Reliable Sources." Weiss replied by citing a litany of media bias, blackouts, and sins of omission:

Comment: Commendable as Weiss' resignation over the principle of freedom of speech may be, she is still afflicted with some big blind spots: