Adrian Goldberg hears calls from teachers to ban high-caffeine energy drinks from schools - with one teaching union describing them as 'readily available legal highs'. Despite the cans carrying warnings that they are not suitable for children, figures suggest more than two thirds of 10 to 18-year-olds are drinking them once a week or more, at levels considered unsafe by the government. We speak to researchers who say under-16s are being influenced by the huge marketing budgets behind the major brands and talk to school children about why they drink them.
Are front line police officers paying the price of job cuts through rising stress and mental illness? Long term sick leave for mental health issues has shot up by 72% since 2010, at the same time as officer numbers have fallen by 16%, according to Freedom of Information figures obtained by 5Live Investigates.
Officers tell the programme pressures are rising because there aren't enough officers now to share the strain. And when they become unwell it can be hard to seek help because of the stigma behind talking about mental health issues. Some say there isn't enough in-house support when things get tough, but that forces are struggling too because the money isn't there to do more.
Across England and Wales police officer numbers are lower than they have been for 20 years according to Home Office data.
One sergeant tells the programme 'Officers are having to go to a lot more incidents, a hell of a lot more in such a short space of time without being able to step away and process it in their mind before they go on to something else. It has had an impact and it will continue to have an impact until officer numbers are increased'.
The government says it recognises the job can place stressful demands on people and has announced a £7,500,000 pilot service to better support forces.
Adrian Goldberg hears from patients struggling to see an NHS neurology specialist as separate reports warn of issues across the UK. We reveal figures showing the number of consultant neurologists able to deal with conditions ranging from migraine to Parkinson's lags far behind the rest of the EU and hear from an MP who says services are not fit for purpose and getting worse.
Pets and Domestic Violence
Warning: This programme contains some upsetting scenes and violence
The abuse victims too scared to leave violent relationships because they're worried their pets will be maimed or killed. Domestic abuse charities have told 5 live Investigates they've received thousands of reports about violent men who target animals as a way of controlling their partners. There were 700 calls about animal cruelty to the National Domestic Abuse helpline last year alone. It comes at a time when referrals, prosecutions and convictions for domestic violence have risen to their highest ever levels.
Children's Palliative Care
Adrian Goldberg reveals a new report which describes the commissioning of palliative care for children with life-shortening conditions as 'patchy and inconsistent'. The report highlights the lack of specialist services at weekends and overnight when many parents need it most. We hear the moving stories of parents struggling to get the right support for the weeks, months or in many cases years that they are caring for their children - and the desperate financial situation they can be thrown into when their child dies.