Alistair Ross

Reporter

Location icon United Kingdom

Alistair is a NCTJ qualified reporter currently writing news and features for Container Management. He has a 100wpm shorthand certificate and can create multimedia articles using SEO skills as well as effectively sub-edit. He has studied journalism law and the IPSO code, and holds a full, clean driving license.

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Container Management
08/07/2017
Strike action

A crippling labour dispute at the Port of Gothenburg has created opportunities for Scandinavia’s smaller ports. Alistair Ross reports

Container Management
08/07/2017
Present, but maybe not correct

A year on from the implementation of the SOLAS amendments on container weight verification, Alistair Ross discovers that ensuring compliance is still no easy task.

Prescription Addiction
04/06/2017
UK prescription drugs black market worth £18m and is fuelled by addiction

Government regulators seized more than £18m in unlicensed medication last year amid fears that prescription drug addiction is fuelling illegal sales. Officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) took part in the Interpol-run Operation Pangea which targeted illegal online sales across 103 countries and seized £15 worth of unlicensed medicine in the UK.

Prescription Addiction
04/06/2017
Easily mis-prescribed addictive opioids made up nearly £300m of UK's prescription drug costs in 2016

Drug dispensaries distributed more than £9bn worth of prescriptions in 2016 with nearly £300m spent on highly addictive opioid painkillers which are easily mis-prescribed. GP's in England prescribed nearly 24 million opioid painkillers (OP's), either morphine or an equivalent, which cost around £292m and should only be prescribed to those who suffered tissue damage or acute pain.

Prescription Addiction
04/06/2017
British Medical Association among groups urging Public Health England for prescribed drug...

A number of medical bodies urged Public Health England to set up a national helpline for prescription drug addiction as the problem continues to grow. The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (APPGPDD), led by MP Paul Flynn, lobbied for the helpline at a meeting with Public Health England (PHE) at the end of March.

Prescription Addiction
04/06/2017
U.S city Everett sues Oxycontin producers Purdue Pharma for role in opioid epidemic

An American city has sued one of the countries largest pharmaceutical companies for its role in the opioid epidemic which has stretched across the Atlantic. The city of Everett in Washington State sued Purdue Pharma and alleged Purdue allowed their Oxycontin product, a form of the opioid painkiller oxycodone, to flood the black market and...

The Irish Times
08/16/2017
Tents take root as migration crisis hits Central America

Set amid rice plantations and small hills, Paso Canoas on the Costa Rica-Panama border is a typical frontier post. Thick grey clouds drift down from the forested hills flanking the town, and thunder growls in the distance.