However, concerns remain as the pool of people most at risk of dying from drug abuse may have shrunk due to the catastrophic impact of drugs.
Next, UK pay settlements have hit a 6% high, the highest since 1991.
British employers offered the biggest annual pay rises in 32 years during the three months to the end of January.
But with double-digit inflation looming, these increases may still not be enough.
Nurses in England have agreed to pause planned strike action and enter "intensive talks" with the British government on pay and conditions, marking the first sign of a potential breakthrough in a long-running dispute.
Britain's economy has received an unexpected bounce.
A recent survey shows a surprise return to growth by businesses this month, raising the likelihood of another Bank of England interest rate hike in March.
This could help the country sidestep a long recession.
In other news, the UK is facing a shortage of vegetables, particularly tomatoes, due to disrupted harvests in southern Europe and north Africa.
This has prompted major grocers to limit customer purchases in order to help conserve supplies.
A four-day working week trial by several firms has been hailed as a major breakthrough, with most firms reporting that they will stick with the new schedule.
The number of sick days taken by staff during the trial fell by around two-thirds, while almost two in five said they were less stressed.
Despite £30bn less borrowing than predicted this year, the chancellor suggests that his upcoming budget will not contain significant giveaways.
Strong income tax receipts and lower than expected spending on energy support have helped ease some pressure.
Two major UK grocers, Tesco and Aldi, are limiting sales of certain fruits and vegetables due to shortages of fresh produce.
Customers are being asked to limit their purchases of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, as the stores struggle to maintain adequate supplies.
New figures reveal that taxpayers spent over £10 million on fees for diplomats' children at UK schools, with the Foreign Office spending nearly £372,000 sending the children of top diplomats to Eton in 2021/22.
Finally, China is expressing concern over the Ukraine conflict and has called on certain countries to stop "fuelling the fire." This comes after Joe Biden vowed that "Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia" during a speech in Warsaw....