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A mother's call for better drug testing

A mother whose son died after taking a powerful new illegal drug is calling for more testing facilities to be made available. Elvis Snelson was 29 when he lost his life to Fentanyl, a painkiller which has already caused at least 60 deaths in this country. In an exclusive interview his mum Sharon Marsden told Granada Reports she thinks testing could help to save lives.


Woman hailed as dementia 'ambassador' has benefits stopped

Joy Watson was hailed as an Credit: ITV Granada

A woman who was hailed by David Cameron as an "ambassador" for those living with Alzheimer's has had her benefits stopped by the Conservative government.

Joy Watson was diagnosed four years ago and had to give up her job as a carer.

Since then she's done work with organisations like the Alzheimer's Society to raise awareness of those living with the condition.

Joy, 59, says losing her benefits will cost her over 400-pounds a month. She's been speaking to our correspondent Rachel Townsend:


The colourful display of umbrellas helping to raise awareness about ADHD and autism

The umbrellas are raising an important message about ADHD and autism Credit: ITV Granada

If you've been out and about in Liverpool over the past few weeks, you might have seen the strikingly colourful display of umbrellas near the Bluecoat building.

It's become one of the most tweeted and instagrammed locations in Liverpool - but the brollies are raising an important message about ADHD and autism.

Our Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner has been to take a look.

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