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May 12, 2023

One in three young people say families relied on food support

  • New research from the Co-op and Barnardos on 5,000 10- to 25-year-olds found the detrimental impact the cost-of-living crisis was having on their access to food and their mental well-being.
  • One in three young people have said their family relied on food banks of other community outlets for support in the recent months.
  • Almost half of young people have worried about being able to afford things in the last six months.
  • Nearly one in four said they would start their day without eating a meal.
  • Chief Executive of Barnardos has stated that young people “seem to be losing hope and do not feel optimistic about their futures”.
  • For more please visit the Independent’s website.

School issues Prime energy drink warning after pupil hospitalised

  • Milton Primary School in Newport, alerted parents on Tuesday after a report from one parent who stated their child suffered a cardiac episode and had to have their stomach pumped, after consuming a Prime energy drink.
  • Prime was initially launched in 2022 and introduced in the UK in 2023 by social media influencers Logan Paul and KSI.
  • After their launch, Prime was being resold for 10 times it’s retail price online as a result of high demand.
  • In the UK, the drink contains 140mg of caffeine per 12oz, which is much higher, compared to an 8oz coffee containing 80 to 100mg.
  • Prime’s official website states that the drink is not suitable for anyone under 18 years of age.
  • For more, please visit the MSN website.

NI public warned after rise in illegal weight loss injections

  • The Department of Health has warned people against buying prescription “weight loss injections” from unregulated sources.
  • This comes after an increase in demand for the injections which are primarily approved for the management of diabetes but can also be prescribed by healthcare professionals to aid weight loss.
  • They have seen people buying the medicines from unapproved sources, with an investigation from the department’s Medicines Regulatory Group finding falsified injectable weight loss pens circulating in Northern Ireland.
  • For the full story, please visit the Belfast Telegraph’s website.