Award win for ground-breaking hepatitis elimination project

July 29th, 2016 by

A GROUND-BREAKING project to eliminate a deadly virus in Cornwall has received a national award.

Addaction’s hepatitis C work has received national recognition by The Communique Awards, which showcase excellence and best practice in local and international healthcare communications by looking for initiatives that lead to real improvements in healthcare.

James and Sue with award
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, Associate Directors James Sainsbury and Sue Petters with the award.

Addaction and The Hepatitis C Trust formed a partnership to bust the myths, misconceptions and stigma surrounding hepatitis C and encourage people at risk through injecting drugs to be tested and consider treatment.
A pioneering staff training programme upskilled front-line workers, while an inspiring peer-to-peer support system encouraged people to get treated.

Targeted communications to showcase the initiative helped to secure endorsement from local healthcare professionals and commissioners and drew plaudits from local politicians.

Addaction, the UK’s leading drugs and alcohol charity, runs services across Cornwall and launched the project, funded by global pharmaceuticals company Abbvie, with the aim of increasing testing and treatment for Hepatitis C to a point where it will effectively be eradicated from communities.

Hepatitis C is vastly more infectious than HIV and is the most prevalent blood borne virus in the UK. Yet, alarmingly, it remains undiagnosed in the vast majority of cases and disproportionately affects marginalised people, with injecting drug users at greatest risk.

In 2014/15 95.5% of people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly eligible for a test had received one, compared to a national figure of 81.5%.

To find out more about Addaction visit www.addaction.org.uk or for local support and advice call 0333 2000 325.

Criminal Behaviour Order in Truro

July 26th, 2016 by

Bellman-Press ImageA Street Drinker in Truro City Centre who has been causing problems over the majority of the year has been dealt with through the use of the Anti-Social Behaviour tools and powers provided by the ASB, Police and Crime Act 2014. After several crimes this year including Racially Aggravated Public Order offences and Drunk and Disorderly offences; the individual in question was presented to Bodmin Magistrates Court after being arrested for Drunk and Disorderly in Par Station while in transit to Truro after being released from HMP Exeter that morning. The order was obtained on the individual on 08 July following his arrest on 07 July. Using the ASB Process and joint working with Police, British Transport Police, Addaction and CPS.  The ASB Team successfully obtained a 3year Criminal Behaviour Order with the following conditions:

  1. Be found in a state of drunkenness in any public place or place the public have access to in Truro City Centre.
  1. Be found in possession of an open container of alcohol within Truro City Centre.
  1. Use Swear Words, Make Threats, Use Physical gestures, Use visual representation, Cause nuisance or obstruction, That would cause any person offence, intimidation or distress directly or indirectly within the United Kingdom

The defendant must:

  1. Engage with Addaction, including attending set appointments by your addaction worker. For the full article please visit:

 http://www.cornishman.co.uk/homeless-drunk-david-bellman-of-truro-banned-from-swearing-anywhere-in-the-uk/story-29527276-detail/story.html

Suspected drug interaction between citalopram and cocaine

July 25th, 2016 by

A national Coroners report has raised concerns about a suspected drug interaction between citalopram and cocaine after the death of a man due to subarachnoid hemorrhage.

The case was discussed by the UK Commission on Human Medicine’s Pharmacovigilance Expert Advisory Group. There are plausible mechanisms for an interaction between cocaine and citalopram that could lead to subarachnoid haemorrhage, including hypertension related to cocaine and an additive increased bleeding risk in combination with citalopram.

If you are prescribed Citalopram by your GP and use cocaine, please be completely open with your prescriber  about the licit drugs you use.  Please be mindful of this possible interaction whenever cocaine use is present and citalopram is being prescribed or considered.

The risk of interactions occurring will be greater if the person is taking cocaine regularly and in large amounts. If indicated, the decision to switch to an alternative antidepressant will need to be tailored to the individual and the decision will be based on numerous considerations, including the persons previous treatment responses.

https://www.gov.uk/drug-safety-update/citalopram-suspected-drug-interaction-with-cocaine-prescribers-should-consider-enquiring-about-illicit-drug-use

Recovery -10 Helpful Hints

July 24th, 2016 by

As a sober/clean person, you can decide your future and evolve into the person you want to be. No one (I know!) woke up on their first day clean and sober and decided to run a marathon, but as the process progressed, many have.

Disclaimer: This is meant for those who have completed a medically supervised detoxification process or who have seen their doctor and have been cleared to be “on their own” and safe from dangerous withdrawal symptoms. It is essential that you confer with a doctor prior to beginning any detox programme. We have a range of detox programmes available in Cornwall, with a lot of support. See contact details below.

These suggestions are meant to make the first few days of recovery more comfortable and assist you in getting off to a good start. Any medical concerns should be directed to your GP immediately.

  1. Let yourself BE.
  2. Treat yourself like you would a friend who was going through a difficult time.
  3. Do something nice for yourself today.
  4. Make a list of the reasons you decided to get clean and/or sober.
  5. Sleep may be elusive.
  6. Call someone close to you if you can.
  7. Make sure you are eating.
  8. Hopefully as the days pass, you are starting to feel a bit better.
  9. Find what works and keep doing it.
  10. This is far from comprehensive.

Please read the full document here Recovery -10 Helpful Hints

Addaction

Addaction Cornwall for advice or support: 0333 2000 325

Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555    Narcotics Anonymous 0300 999 1212

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise and Cornwall

July 24th, 2016 by

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise and Cornwall has figure that is 3% above the national average. Cornwall also has a high rate of diabetes related amputations, there are many reasons for this and one is the rising age of our populations but amputations have been dropping in age as well, no longer the elderly. Sadly the age of type 2 cases is getting younger; it is no longer late onset diabetes as it used to be known.

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes differs from type 1 in as much that it is possible to go for anything up to ten years as a diabetic with no symptoms, the four noticeable symptoms for both diabetic types, the 4 Ts. Going to the toilet more often, losing weight, being very thirsty and being very tired with no real reason. The difference between the two is type1 the body is not producing any insulin and and the body is reliant on injecting insulin, type 2 is when the body is producing insulin but it is not effective. Both types need treatment from a GP and in the case of type2 diet and exercise is a major help.

Diabetes UK is the leading charity dealing exclusively with diabetes and runs a helpline for anyone with concerns and has a very informative website, the helpline number is 0345 123 2399 There is also a volunteer group based in Camborne, they go out to various events carrying out risk assessments and offering advice. There is also a monthly support group in the area for diabetics and their partners and anyone affected. The contact there is Spencer Wimbleton on 01209610369 or 07810526636

Spencer Wimbleton Diabetes UK

Visit www.diabetes.org.uk for more information

Trading Standards issue cold caller warning following conviction of local rogue trader

July 23rd, 2016 by

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Officers are again urging people not to deal with traders who cold call at properties offering goods or services. This follows a successful prosecution at Truro Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 20 July) of Kane Shane Lee (21) of Wheal Jewel, St Day.

Mr Lee was convicted of offences relating to misleading and aggressive trading practices for gardening and tree surgery work carried out at the homes of consumers in 2015.

Lee entered guilty pleas to 6 charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, brought by Cornwall Council Public Protection Service, and received a 3 year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £2888 in costs.

In August 2015, Mr Lee cold called at an address in St Austell. The female householder was at home with her two young children. Mr Lee claimed he could cut the grass at the front and rear of the house for £30, to which she agreed. No more than 20 minutes later Mr Lee walked inside the house, telling the householder that he done more work than he had expected and that the price was now going to be £100. Because she felt intimidated, the householder paid the £100 in cash.

In October 2015 in Carbis Bay, Mr Lee cold called at the home of a 91 year old man who lived alone. Lee claimed that due to the forecasted high winds, the householder would be safer if two trees at the front of the property were cut back. The householder agreed, and after 10 minutes work carried out by two other males, Mr Lee attempted to charge the victim £150. In this case the householder argued that the price was too high and eventually paid £50.

In sentencing, the magistrates commented “This kind of activity is utterly unacceptable”.

trading standards

Cornwall Trading Standards’ Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime, Leanne McLean said: “It is because of cases such as this, that we urge people not to trade with people who cold call at your home. If you do get approached by someone who calls at your home without invitation we would advise you to firmly but politely ask them to leave.”

When agreeing contracts at your home, the law requires traders to provide a 14 day cooling off period – set out in the form of a ‘cancellation notice’ which provides time in which you can think more carefully about what is being offered and not feel pressured into agreeing to it on the spot.

Leanne goes on to say: “In these instances the victims were in a vulnerable position and felt intimidated by Mr Lee’s actions. On both occasions he failed to provide any of the legally required information to the victims, including; the business name and address, a description of the service being offered, the price, and the notice of cancellation. Without this information, it can be very difficult, if not impossible to properly enforce your consumer rights if things go wrong.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for communities Geoff Brown said: “Both of these cases demonstrate the need for communities to be vigilant and report concerns about cold callers who might be operating in their area; whether it be for gardening and landscaping, driveways or roofing work – some of those individuals engaging in these practices will try to exploit any form of vulnerability. OurTrading Standards Officers are keen to disrupt such activity and will use the intelligence gathered to help prevent further offending.”

If you are concerned about rogues traders cold calling in your area, please report them to Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.

For local traders who have been approved by Trading Standards, please visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Cornwall Pride

July 11th, 2016 by

This year’s Cornwall Pride is on Saturday 27th August. “Solidarity” is again the theme for this year and following the recent sad events in Orlando, it is more important than ever for us to unite and demonstrate our support.

History of Pride

“Pride” is a community event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture and pride. Most pride events occur annually, and many take place around June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in modern LGBT social movements.

The Stonewall riots – On Saturday 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar popular with the most marginalised gay people, including transgender people, effeminate young men, hustlers, and homeless youth. During the raid many of the people in the bar were killed or seriously injured.

On 2 November 1969, the first gay pride parade was held in New York City by way of a resolution to the riots which had continued throughout New York and this movement grew across America.

The first marches were both serious and fun, and served to inspire the widening activist movement; they were repeated in the following years, and more and more annual marches started up in other cities throughout the world.

In the 1980s there was a cultural shift in the gay movement. Activists of a less radical nature began taking over the march committees in different cities, and they dropped “Gay Liberation” and “Gay Freedom” from the names, replacing them with “Gay Pride”

Since 2008 Cornwall Pride has gone from strength to strength and is now established as one of the major community events to take place in Truro.

LGBT day

The aim was to bring together people from across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender self-identify, their friends and families and all those who support human rights.

Cornwall Council and individual councillors along with Truro City Council have been generous with their support both practically and financially and Pride was delighted last year (2015) when for the first time the Rainbow Flag flew over County Hall alongside the Flag of St Piran and the Union Flag.

This year Pride celebrates its 10th anniversary, there are big plans afoot!

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service now working collaboratively with the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service

July 11th, 2016 by

Following the retirement of the Isles of Scilly Chief Fire Officer Steve Webster, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker will now become the Chief Fire Officer for the Isles of Scilly as well as Cornwall and will deliver prevention, protection and response services for both authorities.

CFRCS Service and the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue have agreed to work collaboratively to support and improve the provision of fire and rescue services across the Isles of Scilly. The purpose of this arrangement is to put in place a Collaborative Agreement between the Authorities to be known as the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Authority (IOSFRA) to ensure that an effective Fire and Rescue Service is delivered across the Isles of Scilly. This collaboration will bring transformational change and service improvement as the Authorities will use their strengths to improve service delivery.

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Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker, “I am immensely proud to expand my Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Chief Fire Officer role to the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Authority. This Collaborative Agreement provides a wonderful opportunity to work with Members, officers and staff from the Isles of Scilly as well as our existing partners to innovate, develop and improve fire, rescue and community safety outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Isles of Scilly. Over the next few months, working closely with my management team, we will engage with staff, residents, businesses and partners to develop a three year plan for the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service. Our long history of working closely with colleagues from the Isles of Scilly will develop and expand to provide efficient and effective local services for local people.”

Theo Leijser, Chief Executive, Council of the Isles of Scilly, “Strengthening the partnership between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly provides an exciting opportunity to evolve and improve fire, rescue and community safety services. This collaboration will enable the delivery of solutions that positively respond to the challenges of providing efficient and effective services that are tailored to the expectations of our communities”.

Construction started on new specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit

July 11th, 2016 by

A new specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit for young people and families starts its construction this month, with the first turf being officially cut by Colonel Bolitho, Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Colonel Bolitho is President of the charity, Bosence Farm Community that has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for adults on the site for twenty years.  Colonel Bolitho commented that ‘‘Bosence Farm is an outstanding organisation, providing live-saving support to a great many people in Cornwall.  This new facility will enable even more people to be helped and is hugely to be welcomed”. 

The facility when open will be the only unit in the country to offer residential assessment, stabilisation and detoxification to young people and those with families facing drug and or alcohol dependency.

Sod-Cutting-Ceremony-May-2016

Colonel Bolitho cut the first turf at a ceremony on the site on 18th May, attended by the Drug and Alcohol Action Team commissioner, Kim Hager, Councillor Andrew Wallis and Viv Hughes, Addaction, Manager of YZUP, Young people’s drug and alcohol services.

Completion of the construction is expected in November 2016.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: