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Tasers 'regularly used' during ACT mental health arrests

Tasers 'regularly used' during ACT mental health arrests | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
ACT police officers are regularly using Tasers when arresting people with mental health issues, documents show.
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Teenagers given alcohol by their parents more likely to be heavier drinkers, study says

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Ice sweeps through Kimberley Indigenous communities

Ice sweeps through Kimberley Indigenous communities | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
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.
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Child psychologist and school slams ‘Happy Pills’ sold at Port Melbourne toy shop Junior Republic

Child psychologist and school slams ‘Happy Pills’ sold at Port Melbourne toy shop Junior Republic | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
NOVELTY capsules labelled “Happy Pills” and sold at a Port Melbourne toy shop have sparked controversy after a child brought one home from school.
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Paracetamol overdose leading cause of liver failure in Aussie and NZ kids

Paracetamol overdose leading cause of liver failure in Aussie and NZ kids | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
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.
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TAS: Cannabis inquiry told of ‘miracle’

A Tasmanian woman who suffers from severe osteoporosis was moved to tears yesterday when describing the positive impact medical cannabis has had on her health.
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Chemists warn personal touch will be lost when drugs sold with beer

Chemists warn personal touch will be lost when drugs sold with beer | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
PHARMACIST Greg McGilvery does not want to see prescription drugs being sold by supermarket giants.
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New report looks into Global alcohol breathalyzer and drug testing equipment market analysis and forecast to 2020 - WhaTech

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.
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Ban alcohol planes to avoid ugly travel incidents, Drug Arm Australasia urges

Ban alcohol planes to avoid ugly travel incidents, Drug Arm Australasia urges | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIAN airlines will continue to serve alcohol to passengers despite a series of drunken incidents resulting in planes being diverted.
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Police warn Mexican drug cartels behind kidnappings, beheadings and murders have set up in Australia

Police warn Mexican drug cartels behind kidnappings, beheadings and murders have set up in Australia | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
MEMBERS of a deadly Mexican drug cartel — responsible for kidnappings, beheadings and thousands of murders — have set up shop in Australia.
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Instagram has a drug problem

Instagram has a drug problem | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Instagram has ushered in a golden age for the drug trade. You read that correctly: Thousands of accounts -- perhaps many more -- are currently selling marijuana, prescription pills, ecstasy, and ot...
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Review recommends longer hours, lower alcohol and pharmacy restrictions

Review recommends longer hours, lower alcohol and pharmacy restrictions | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
A review recommends longer trading hours, and the ability to buy liquor and drugs at the supermarket.
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Awakening giant of health care suffering death of a thousand cuts

Awakening giant of health care suffering death of a thousand cuts | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Though each one of us will eventually suffer from some form of mental ill health, the urgency of reform keeps getting lost in public policy.
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The New Leading Killer of Adolescent Girls

The New Leading Killer of Adolescent Girls | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
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The US used to tax and regulate drugs — not ban them

The US used to tax and regulate drugs — not ban them | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
It all changed when the federal government began to increase its powers, starting in DC.
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Drink-drivers are to be constantly targeted in the coming months to cut drink-driving rate

Drink-drivers are to be constantly targeted in the coming months to cut drink-driving rate | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
POLICE have issued their strongest warning yet to “crazy” drink-drivers on the northern beaches.
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Health spending growth slowest since the 1980s (AIHW)

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.

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Forum to investigate options for medical cannabis in the ACT

Forum to investigate options for medical cannabis in the ACT | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
There is a risk more research into medicinal marijuana might just slow Australia down another five or 10 years, a drug law reform advocate has warned.
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Time to start deprescribing

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)

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We drink more alcohol on gym days

We drink more alcohol on gym days | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
A new Northwestern Medicine study finds that on days when people exercise more—typically Thursdays to Sundays—they drink more alcohol, too.
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Alcohol is by far the most dangerous 'date rape drug'

Alcohol is by far the most dangerous 'date rape drug' | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it

Studies suggest public fears about drink spiking are unjustified and that products claiming to detect it are of dubious value

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Kevin Anderson – the unlikely cannabis crusader

Kevin Anderson – the unlikely cannabis crusader | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Family man and conservative politician Kevin Anderson is an unlikely crusader for medicinal cannabis.
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Is Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use Beneficial To The Society? Colorado Crime Rate Statistics Surely Suggest So

Is Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use Beneficial To The Society? Colorado Crime Rate Statistics Surely Suggest So | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Legalizing marijuana may have its own benefits, despite the doomsday predictions by opponents
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Guides give advice on fighting ice

TWO new practical guides are available to help tackle the region’s ice problem.
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Suicide, not maternal mortality, now leading killer of adolescent girls

Suicide, not maternal mortality, now leading killer of adolescent girls | Lives Lived Well | Scoop.it
Top suicide causes: trauma, social isolation, abuse, discrimination and lack of access healthcare
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