Cornell - a 28 year old Yawuru man from Broome - first tried methamphetamine two years ago. Moving quickly from the powdered form to the more potent crystal form, known as ice, the drug took hold fast. "At first I was just sort of doing on weekends," he says. "Three months after I first tried it was a daily occurrences before I knew it. It just came to a point where I had pretty much lost everything that I had." He says the drug is becoming easily available in Broome, with kids as young as 15 using.
Parents have been warned to follow paracetamol instructions carefully for their children and ensure medicines are kept out of reach of children after a joint New Zealand and Australian study found that paracetamol overdoses are the leading cause of liver failure in children.
Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as law enforcement and companies get more businesses test for substance abuse. Alcohol abuse and drug abuse represent a significant danger to society. Most users represent that the choice to be a user is a personal choice, but this is not the case. The reality is that drug and alcohol users kill people as they get behind a wheel and drive and as they let anger boil over into killing rage.
Spending on health in 2012-13 slowed to record low levels according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Health expenditure Australia 2012-13, shows total spending on health goods and services in Australia was estimated at $147.4 billion in 2012-13 (9.67% of GDP). This was just 1.5% higher than in 2011-12.
'This is the lowest growth the AIHW has recorded since it began the Health expenditure Australia series in the mid-1980s, and more than three times lower than the average growth over the last decade (5.1%),' said AIHW Director and CEO David Kalisch.
LEADING doctors want to create a culture of “deprescribing” among the medical profession, saying inappropriate polypharmacy is a growing threat to Australia’s ageing population.
Two Clinical focus articles in this week’s MJA make a case for doctors to consider a careful trial of withdrawing potentially unnecessary medications, particularly in elderly patients and those taking 10 or more medications, noting that drugs initially prescribed appropriately can become inappropriate with ageing and new medical conditions. (1), (2)