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‘Xanax’ linked to more than 200 deaths

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'Xanax' linked to more than 200 deaths

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Image caption Kyle Remzi, a computer science student at Essex University, died aged 20 after an overdose in 2017

At least 204 deaths have been linked to the misuse of anxiety drug Xanax in the UK since 2015, figures seen by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme reveal.

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Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an ‘escalating crisis’

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Fake Xanax: Anxiety drug deaths an 'escalating crisis'

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Image caption The US-style bar-shaped version of the drug is the form that is most commonly traded among teenagers – like this group, there are many counterfeit versions

The coroner for Northern Ireland has called the rising number of deaths linked to fake versions of the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax, "an escalating crisis".

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FGM ‘increasingly performed on UK babies’

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FGM 'increasingly performed on UK babies'

Image caption Dr Charlotte Proudman says FGM performed on babies is "almost impossible" for the authorities to detect

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is increasingly being performed on babies and infants in the UK, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told.

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