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High rate of Lincolnshire prescriptions for 'new valium'

A drug which has been linked to more than 100 deaths is being prescribed more in Lincolnshire than in most other parts of the country.

Factfile about pregabalin
BBC

Pregabalin is prescribed for nerve pain, epilepsy and anxiety, but the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs says it's been linked to 111 deaths in the last year.

Figures obtained by the BBC from the website Open Prescribing suggest that in July more pregabalin was prescribed per 1,000 people in the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area than anywhere else.

The CCG says the usage is due to patient demographics in the area and the high prevalence of long-term conditions, requiring chronic pain management.

Where the needles are in County Durham

A BBC investigation into heroin use in County Durham has explored options for change and highlighted where it is particularly prevalent.

Meanwhile the campaigning drugs charity Transform has been creating maps showing where syringes have been discarded around the country.

Its map for Durham shows distinct hotspots - though it cautions these are just where needles reported to the local authority were found.

Most people and businesses pick them up themselves rather than wait for them to be collected and so the map represents only a "fraction of the problem", the charity says.

Drugs needles found map
Transform Drug Policy Foundation