Alison Lapper’s agonising battle to save drug addict son who ‘couldn’t even wash’



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Alison Lapper’s agonising battle to save drug addict son who ‘couldn’t even wash


Alison Lapper’s son Parys, who suffered mental health problems, was found dead in a Worthing hotel. She said his drug use started in childhood and he went off the rails in his teens.


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Alison Lapper says her drug addict son, who was found dead in a hotel room, started smoking cannabis at the age of 11.

The artist’s son Paris, who suffered from severe mental health problems, was found dead at a hotel in Worthing, West Sussex, on August 13.

Mum Alison, born without arms and with shortened legs, became famous when she posed while eight months pregnant with him for a Trafalgar Square sculpture.

Her 19-year-old son was addicted to drugs and it is thought this, mixed with medication for his ongoing depression, may have led to an accidental overdose in the hotel where he was staying.




And she admitted Parys, taunted at school over his mum’s disability, may have started smoking cannabis when he was as young as 11.

Alison, 54, told The Telegraph that, by the age of 14 or 15, “dodgy” people started knocking on the front door asking her for money.

Her son would say: “Mum, if you don’t pay these people, they are going to beat me up.”

Alison said the change in her son was “very gradual” and, by the age of 16, his drug use had become serious and he was moved into a special unit at school.




He was eventually sectioned and was moved from place to place, lumbered with a support worker who had a 40-person caseload, until his death in August

She told the paper: “I wouldn’t want other parents to go through this. By the time it got really bad, I phoned the authorities and said, ‘My son needs help,’ but that help wasn’t what Parys needed by then. He was treated as a naughty boy.”

Alison added: “I am not trained 
in mental health. When it got bad, he struggled with me, I struggled with him, we struggled with the situation together.

“It felt never-ending. Every time he was moved, there was a new doctor, a new psychiatrist.


“And when he got to 18, he was considered an adult, and yet he couldn’t even wash. But I wasn’t allowed to have a say.”

Alison, who is campaigning with charity YoungMinds for the next government to ensure better mental health provision 14 to 25-year-olds, says her son was let down by the system.

Recalling the news of his tragic death, she said: “I howled and howled.

“I can’t believe he’s gone. I can’t believe I have lost him. But I just can’t sit and do nothing. Why would I let other parents go through the hell that I am going through?”



‘Say sorry to my ma’ – Teen’s response to gardaí when caught with over €48k of cannabis in his bedroom, court told



‘Say sorry to my ma’ – Teen’s response to gardaí when caught with over €48k of cannabis in his bedroom, court told


Darragh Corbally pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cannabis for sale or supply Pic Courts


A 17-year-old teenager who was caught with more than €48,000 worth of cannabis in his bedroom asked gardaí to say, “sorry to my ma”, a Dublin court has heard.

Darragh Corbally, now aged 19, was asleep in his bedroom when gardaí raided his home searching for drugs. The then fifth-year student had run up a drug debt and been excluded from school, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.


Corbally, with an address in Sperrin Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cannabis for sale or supply at the same address on December 22, 2017. The charge carries a mandatory minimum jail term of 10 years. He will be sentenced on December 18.

Garda Damien Quirke told Garrett McCormack BL, prosecuting, that Corbally’s house was placed under surveillance before a decision was made to execute a bench warrant. When they called to the house, they were told two children were asleep in the home. One of the children was Corbally.

When woken by gardaí, he immediately admitted to possessing the cannabis, which was found at the end of his bed. A total of 2,411g of cannabis with a street value of €48,236 was seized.

Corbally told gardaí he had started using cannabis the previous summer and had run up a debt. He said he was ordered to hold the drugs as a result. When asked by gardaí how much he thought it was worth, he replied “a big bit”.


When asked what the drug dealers would do now the drugs had been seized, Corbally started to cry, the court heard. When asked if he wanted to say anything else, he replied: “Sorry to my ma.”

Ronan Kennedy SC, defending, submitted his client’s responses to gardaí were somewhat “childish”, which he said reflected his youth and immaturity.

The court heard Corbally was living with his mother and younger sister at the time of the offence and his mother was experiencing some difficulties. He was supported in court today by his grandmother.


Two weeks prior to the offence, Corbally was excluded from school, the court heard. He didn’t have many friends and didn’t take part in any activities. “He was a young man who had lost direction,” Mr Kennedy said.


In the last two years, Corbally has got a part-time job in a pub and returned to education. He hopes to sit his Leaving Cert.

“He got a dog for his 18th birthday and that has given him another outlet,” Mr Kennedy said.

He urged Judge Karen O’Connor to take Corbally’s youth and immaturity into consideration, as well as his early guilty plea and co-operation with gardai. A period of detention could have “detrimental effects” and be counter-productive to his progress, the court heard.


Corbally has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since. He is no longer using drugs.

Adjourning the sentence to next month, Judge O’Connor urged Corbally to continue doing well. “You are working, you are doing a course, no doubt you are looking after your puppy,” she said. “Stay on the path you’re on.”




Gardai seize €112,500 worth of cannabis in space of 24 hours in Roscommon and Louth



Gardai seize €112,500 worth of cannabis in space of 24 hours in Roscommon and Louth


GARDAI have seized €112,500 over the course of 24 hours in Roscommon and Louth.

The two seizures were made separately and do not appear to be connected.


In Co Roscommon, €100,000 worth of suspected cannabis was found and investigations were ongoing on Friday.

A garda spokesperson said: “As part of ongoing investigations into the sale and supply of drugs in the Roscommon area, Gardaí seized €100,000 of suspected cannabis (pending analysis) on Friday, 29th November 2019.

“No arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing.”

Meanwhile in Co Louth, a 21-year-old man was arrested after Gardai discovered what is believed to be cannabis and cocaine in a house on Thursday.

The seizure was made in the Termon Abbey area of Drogheda.

The suspected cocaine found is believed to be worth €4,500 while the suspected cannabis that was discovered is believed to be worth €12,500.


A spokesperson said: “On Thursday 28th November 2019, Gardaí from Drogheda conducted a search operation at a residence in the Termon Abbey area of Drogheda, County Louth.

“During the course of that search, suspected cocaine with a value of approximately €4,500 (pending analysis) and suspected herbal cannabis with a value of approximately €12,500 (pending analysis) were discovered and seized by Gardaí.

“A 21 year old man was arrested at the scene. ”


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Perthshire man, 62, claims £11k cannabis farm was for personal use



Perthshire man, 62, claims £11k cannabis farm was for personal use


A Perthshire man who grew an £11,000 cannabis farm in his bedroom claimed the drug was for personal use.


James Murdoch was caught with 17 plants and several jars of herbal substance when his home was raided by police in the summer.

Despute fiscal Michael Sweeney told Perth Sheriff Court the haul was uncovered when police went to Murdoch’s house with a search warrant at around 9am on August 15 this year.

“Officers attended the property and found 17 plants within the bedroom,” said Mr Sweeney. On top of that there were also 11 large jars containing green herbal matter.


“Police ascertained that each plant would have a potential value of £660 if it had yielded it’s full value – in total that’s over £11,000.

Solicitor Paul Ralph said Murdoch had been growing the plant because he suffered from pain, including in his hip.

He said: “There’s a therapeutic purpose behind it. While that does not excuse it, it does explain what was going on.”

The 62-year-old admitted producing cannabis at his home in Servite Court, Braco.


He was convicted of similar offences at the High Court more than 30 years ago.


Sheriff Richard McFarlane warned Murdoch he could be facing jail when he returns to court to be sentenced.

He said: “This is a significant result from police executing a search warrant. This would appear to be repeat offending, with an offence in the High Court in a Edinburgh in 1985.

“It may be that a custodial sentence is the only outcome.”

Sentence was deferred for the preparation of reports.





Dad grew cannabis to help recover from cocaine addiction



Dad grew cannabis to help recover from cocaine addiction


A father-of-three who was caught growing cannabis in his loft said he was using the class B drug to recover from a cocaine addiction.


Ricky Harvey, 30, was arrested at his home on Aylsham Road, Norwich, after eight cannabis plants were found growing in his loft.

The self-employed plasterer, who lives with his wife and three young children, accepted responsibility for the plants, and said he had been using cannabis to help him recover from a cocaine addiction.

Defence lawyer Ian Fisher said since his arrest Harvey had “dramatically curtailed his consumption” of the drug.

Deputy District Judge Paul Booty said Harvey was “screwing up his life” with drugs, and Harvey responded:”I very much agree.”

He was ordered to pay £525 in fines and costs.



Medical cannabis available on prescription at private clinic in London



Medical cannabis available on prescription at private clinic in London


Hope for hundreds of families seeking medicinal cannabis in the UK as first private clinic in London is approved to dish out prescriptions


Regulators have today approved the first medicinal cannabis clinic in England, in a move that offers hope to hundreds of desperate families.

MailOnline can reveal the Sapphire Medical Clinic in has now been given the green-light to start dishing out cannabis-based medicines.

It is not the first clinic of its kind – but it is the only one approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates and inspects health and social care services in England.

The Government legalised medicinal cannabis in the UK last November – but families have found it almost impossible to access it on the . 

Medicines derived from cannabis are not routinely available on the NHS because of concerns not enough research has been done into its benefits.   

Dr Mikael Sodergren, managing director at Sapphire Clinics, said the private practice could now be the ‘lifeline‘ for patients with debilitating conditions.

He said: ‘Today‘s decision is a landmark moment in the supply of medical cannabis in the UK. 

‘We can now be the lifeline for GPs who are not permitted to prescribe themselves but who think their patients could benefit from medical cannabis.

‘From today those GPs can be sure that their patients are able to be treated in the UK by world-class experts in their conditions.‘  

He added the decision could be ‘life-changing‘ for patients who have been denied access to cannabis-based products.

Emails seen by MailOnline confirm the private clinic in Marylebone is now registered, with the CQC wishing them well on their ‘new venture‘.

Sapphire has more than 50 people on its waiting list – with conditions ranging from severe epilepsy to chronic pain.  

But prescriptions will also be available to people with arthritis, MS, Alzheimer‘s and Parkinson‘s, as well as sufferers of psychiatric conditions and stroke patients.  

An initial appointment at the Sapphire clinic will cost £250, and £150 for follow up visits.



A broad term for any sort of cannabis-based medicine used to relieve symptoms. 

Some products that might claim to be medical cannabis, such as CBD oil or hemp oil, are available to buy legally as food supplements from health stores. 

But there‘s no guarantee these are of good quality or provide any health benefits.

And some cannabis-based products are available on prescription as medicinal cannabis. These are only likely to benefit a very small number of patients.

Epidiolex for children and adults with epilepsy

Epidiolex is a highly purified liquid containing CBD (cannabidiol).

CBD is a chemical substance found in cannabis that has medical benefits.

It won‘t get you high, because it doesn‘t contain THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis.

Epidiolex is not yet licensed in the UK but is currently going through the licensing system.

In the meantime, the unlicensed medication can be prescribed for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome (both rare forms of epilepsy).

Nabilone for chemotherapy patients

Many people having chemotherapy will have periods where they feel sick or vomit.


Nabilone can be prescribed by a specialist to help relieve these symptoms, but only when other treatments haven‘t helped or aren‘t suitable.

Nabilone is a medicine, taken as a capsule, that has been developed to act in a similar way to THC. 

The medicine has been licensed in the UK. 

This means it has passed strict quality and safety tests, and is proven to have medical benefit.

Nabiximols (Sativex) for MS

Nabiximols (Sativex) is a cannabis-based medicine that is sprayed into the mouth

It is licensed in the UK for people with MS-related muscle spasticity that hasn‘t got better with other treatments.


But its availability on the NHS is limited. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) does not recommend that NHS doctors prescribe Sativex, as it is not cost effective.

There is some evidence medical cannabis can help certain types of pain, though this evidence is not yet strong enough to recommend it for pain relief. 

Once given a prescription, patients will be able to take it to any pharmacy around the country, where the drugs will then be imported. It means prescriptions could take weeks to arrive.

Jacqueline Ward, who suffers from fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, said she was ‘elated‘ to hear the news.

She said: ‘I want to access medical cannabis in the safe and proper way, and the go ahead from the CQC gives me confidence that soon I will be able to do just that. 

‘When the law-changed last year I hoped access would be quicker because the pain I am in daily is utterly unbearable. 


‘At last, the medical establishment in the UK is starting to catch up with countries like Holland and Canada.‘

Ms Ward, from London, added: ‘I am closer to getting access to medicine I need to have the quality of life I deserve.‘ 

The cost of the medicinal cannabis to patients depends on dosage, as well as the contents of THC – the psychoactive substance in marijuana. 

Cannabis-based products without this chemical, such as CBD oils, are already legal and available to buy on the high street.


But the bill will be markedly lower than the thousands of pounds some patients are currently forking out, Sapphire Clinics said. 

MailOnline reported last month families of severely epileptic children were paying up to £2,000 a month on medicinal cannabis. 

The tales of families forking out thousands of pounds to pay for private prescriptions and travelling abroad to bring cannabis oils back for their children were what persuaded the Government to legalise them last November. 


Cases such as those of Billy Caldwell, 13, and Alfie Dingley, seven, highlighted the benefits of cannabis oil to children with epilepsy who suffer multiple seizures. 

But since then, Billy and Alfie remain the only two children to have managed to get a prescription on the NHS.

Children suffering from severe, life-threatening seizures were dealt a huge blow in August when the NHS watchdog ruled against prescribing medicinal cannabis for their conditions. 

In draft guidelines, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said cannabis should not be given to patients with multiple sclerosis or chronic pain.

And it couldn‘t decide whether or not to approve it for children with rare forms of epilepsy because of a lack of evidence. 


Cancer patients who are suffering from vomiting caused by chemotherapy were the only group for whom NICE approved cannabis medicines.   

It meant desperate patients and their loved ones were signing up to private clinics which promised to start doling out the drugs. 

But the surgeries were hamstrung by the fact they had to wait for approval by the CQC.  




Cannabis oil was thrust into the limelight when epileptic boy Billy Caldwell‘s mother had seven bottles confiscated at Heathrow Airport customs.

The 12-year-old sparked a row over the medicinal status of the oil, prompting the Home Office to step in and grant his mother Charlotte an emergency licence for the product that was calming his seizures, which contained THC.


Billy‘s bottles were confiscated on June 11 after Ms Caldwell brought them in from Toronto.

On the back of the cases of Billy and fellow epileptic boy Alfie Dingley, six, Home Secretary Sajid Javid called for a review into medicinal cannabis.

In a major shift of policy, he announced in July that some products containing the drug would be available on prescription in the UK from the autumn. 

On the back of today‘s change to the law, Ms Caldwell said she wept with joy.

‘For me what started off as a journey which was about the needs of my little boy actually turned into something, proved to be something, a lot bigger,‘ she told Sky News. 

‘It proved to be the needs of a nation.


‘Medicinal cannabis gave me back my right as a mummy to hope, but the most important thing medicinal cannabis has done is given Billy back his right to life.

‘Only relatively recently did our Government and country really start to appreciate just how many wee children and people of all ages were affected by the difficulties associated with accessing medicinal cannabis.

‘But it became clear it wasn‘t just about what was perceived to be a small number of very sick children and that medicinal cannabis could make a life-changing or life-saving difference to more than a million people.‘


Although thrilled by the law change, Ms Caldwell hopes regulations will be expanded to allow more people to benefit from cannabis-based treatments.

‘This is new ground for everybody. We did in a few days what successive UK governments failed to do in more than half a century and made medicinal cannabis legal,‘ she said.

‘Then, as now, politicians didn‘t realise the complexities involved.


‘There‘s a wide range of conditions, each of which can only be treated by certain forms of medicinal cannabis.‘





CBD extract may work as a treatment for cannabis addiction, study finds



CBD extract may work as a treatment for cannabis addiction, study finds


Taking cannabidiol (CBD) could help thousands hooked on cannabis to smoke less of the drug, a study suggests. 

Researchers found giving addicts CBD extract nearly halved the amount of marijuana they smoked after six months.

University College scientists called their results ‘remarkable‘. Their research has yet to be published or reviewed. 

One in 10 cannabis smokers are addicted, according to estimates. Users complain of withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.

The two main compounds in cannabis are CBD, which is non-psychoactive, and THC, the substance that causes users to feel high. 

THC increases anxiety in some smokers, while CBD is thought to be responsible for some therapeutic effects of cannabis, such as pain relief and relaxation.   

Dr Valerie Curran and colleagues looked at 82 people, all of whom were aged 16 to 26 and were classed as severely addicted to cannabis.

They took part in a four-week trial during which they were split into four groups and given three different doses of CBD or placebo capsules. 

After the month-long trial they were free to go home and report back in six months, when they were asked to provide a urine sample.  




CBD is a legal cannabinoid that can be sold in the UK. 

CBD contains less than 0.2 per cent of the psychoactive substance THC.

Although it is thought to have some medicinal properties, including relieving inflammation, pain and anxiety, there is no conclusive science.

Suppliers in England and Wales have to obtain a licence to sell CBD as a medicine.

Manufacturers are able to avoid the strict regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence. 

CBD products comes in many forms, the most popular being an oil – which users spray under their tongue – or gel tablets which melt slowly in the mouth. 

Results showed the lowest dose, 200mg of cannabidiol, had no effect on volunteers‘ smoking habits.

The middle dose of 400mg halved the amount of cannabis that users smoked after six months compared with the placebo. 

The 400mg dose also more than doubled the number of days when people had no THC in their urine.

The researchers, who will present their findings at  this week, said the higher dose of 800mg was slightly less effective.  

In a statement on the  website, the researchers said: ‘There is no pharmacological treatment for cannabis addiction. 

‘If we found a safe, effective medicine this could improve treatment in a similar way that various medicines have improved rates of stopping tobacco use.

‘Converging preclinical and human research suggests CBD to be a highly promising treatment, with excellent tolerability and safety. One of the key withdrawal effects of cannabis is anxiety and CBD reduces anxiety.‘

CBD contains less than 0.2 per cent of THC. It is available over-the-counter in oil, pill and topical form in the UK. 

Although it has been thought to have some medicinal properties, including relieving inflammation, pain and anxiety, there is no conclusive evidence.

Suppliers in England and Wales have to obtain a licence to sell CBD products as a medicine.

Manufacturers can avoid the strict regulation by selling it as a food supplement – ignoring the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence.  

Government health advisers at the MHRA say CBD has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on humans.



Shaggy hired a private chef to feed his band whilst they were ‘high’ in his studio



Shaggy hired a private chef to feed his band whilst they were ‘high’ in his studio


The 51-year-old musician is currently working on new music, but has said that studio sessions with his band are starting to cost him a fortune after he hired a personal chef to make sure they are all well fed, even when they work up an appetite from being under the influence of marijuana.


He told The Sun newspaper: “I’m in my studio right now and you don’t want to smell the aroma in here.

“All my band are here, they’re high and they’re always smiling.


“The only thing is my food bill has gone right up but I got a personal chef to keep them going. I am lucky I make a good enough living to do that.”

Shaggy’s comments come after he previously joked he would bring weed to Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, which took place back in May last year.

The ‘Boombastic’ hitmaker – who performed for Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth at the Commonwealth Concert in April last year – was asked if he’d take “weed” to the bash, and responded: “Yeah. I was hoping [for an invite]! They might need a Jamaican, somebody has to carry the weed! Somebody has to bring that to the party.”


The reggae star has previously suggested that his style of music, as well as cannabis, could be the way forward when it comes to bringing an end to terrorism.

He explained: “If you’re able to cut a man’s head off, you’re sick. But right, music evokes emotion.


“So if they’re listening to Shaggy music or reggae music, they’re not going to want to cut somebody’s head off … There’re two things you want to do when you listen to reggae: You get somebody pregnant, or you’re f***ing high.


“High people don’t want to kill nothing; they want to love. They need to bag some Jamaican weed and distribute it amongst ISIS. I guarantee there won’t be any more wars out there … Throw some Bob Marley up in there and there’ll be peace.”



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