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The painkiller that can kill (Aus)

The painkiller that can kill (Aus) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
A POPULAR prescription painkiller contributed to the deaths of more than 600 Australians in recent years.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 25, 2014 5:56 PM

Monash Uni study identifies that most overdoses were due to people seeking pain relief, not intoxication. Some obvious implications for prescribing practice here.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 27, 2014 3:02 AM

Prescription drug abuse is a highly prevalent issue and a serious public health problem.

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Legalising medical cannabis: lessons from Canada's policies

Legalising medical cannabis: lessons from Canada's policies | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
A bill to permit medical cannabis use in Australia is set for debate in Senate. If medical cannabis use is legalised, doctors could become gatekeepers between patients and a controversial drug. Lessons…

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Bucket drinks: the shock Schoolies danger (Thailand)

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GETTING leglessly drunk during Schoolies Week is regarded as a dubious right of passage for many teens.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 19, 2014 5:37 PM

A silly headline, but some reasonable harm reduction advice included here.

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Death of Aboriginal woman in alcohol program prompts rethink (NT)

AN Aboriginal woman has died while undergoing forced rehabilitation for alcohol dependency in the Northern Territory, raising questions about the controversial scheme that bridges the gap between custody and care.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 13, 2014 5:43 PM

There are a range of concerns with the planning and implementation of this program. From the detail available in this article, it's impossible to tell whether any of them contributed to this person's death.

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Depression and Suicide in Teens and Young Adults (TedX Ted Talk in Red Deer)

Damien Laliberte talks at RDC at Tedx Red Deer about suicide, depression, and mental illness in young adults and youth. What's wrong, what's right, and what ...

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Marijuana Use Growing Among Teenagers (USA)

Marijuana Use Growing Among Teenagers (USA) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Marijuana use among teenagers has reached a 30-year peak even as use of alcohol, cigarettes and cocaine continues a slow decline, according to a new government report.

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20 years of cannabis research: what have we learned?

20 years of cannabis research: what have we learned? | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it

Over the past 20 years, the use of cannabis has become almost as common as tobacco among adolescents and young adults. A new review by Professor Wayne Hall from the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London summarises the scientific evidence gathered between 1993 and 2013 on the effects of cannabis use on mental and physical health. 


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ReGenUC's curator insight, October 9, 2014 10:05 PM

An authoritative summary of the much misreported study findings on cannabis use and its impacts.  http://sco.lt/5RppVB

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Medicinal cannabis needs support from the medical profession (Aus)

Medicinal cannabis needs support from the medical profession (Aus) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
I am the mother of a young man with a terminal illness. My son Daniel and I break the law regularly for him to access medicinal cannabis to treat and manage his debilitating cancer symptoms.

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Plain packaging works: Australia shows fastest decline in smoking rates in over 20 years

Plain packaging works: Australia shows fastest decline in smoking rates in over 20 years | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Opinion: Ireland needs similar result if the Government’s policy to make the country tobacco free by 2025 is to be achieved

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good to see that plain packaging does work and that their aint those gross pictures for nothing

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Sustainable, invisible, indestructible: introducing the super condom - Telegraph.co.uk

Sustainable, invisible, indestructible: introducing the super condom - Telegraph.co.uk | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
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The condom is an odd little thing; trailing behind the willy warmer on the list of least admired penis sheaths.

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Let's be honest about the risks and the pleasures for drug users (UK)

Let's be honest about the risks and the pleasures for drug users (UK) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Britain's drug policy focuses on abusers already receiving treatment, rather than recreational users

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Campaign will see free kits to help reduce overdose death handed out (Wales)

Campaign will see free kits to help reduce overdose death handed out (Wales) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
DRUGS workers will be handing out free kits to reverse the fatal effects of heroin overdoses this week as part of a major health promotion across Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot and Bridgend. The...

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Profits, death and disease: big tobacco's business model (Aus)

Profits, death and disease: big tobacco's business model (Aus) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Lung cancer, a leg amputation, or gasping for air as a result of emphysema are not fun ways of ending one’s life. All are common outcomes of smoking, and if current global patterns of smoking continue…

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Hangover 'cure' for binge-drinkers

SCIENTISTS have developed the ultimate hangover cure - a drug that reduces the harmful effects of binge-drinking on the brain.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 27, 2014 5:37 PM

Does anyone know more about this?

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The middle-class face of meth: A mother’s story (SA)

The middle-class face of meth: A mother’s story (SA) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
MEET Jessica*. She’s 25, has a degree from a good university and holds down a full-time job writing for a student training website.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 27, 2014 5:59 PM

We have mixed feelings about this one. On the surface, it's a pretty good example of non-sensational reporting that challenges the usual stereotypes (typefied by the 'Faces of Meth' campaign).  However, it appears to be using identifiable photos of someone who reportedly attempted suicide recently and might (as a result of this article) be exposed to a variety of stressors.

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Immune system surprise hints at new strategy for fighting HIV

Immune system surprise hints at new strategy for fighting HIV | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it

The discovery of the innate immunity system’s role in mobilizing the body’s defenses against invading microorganisms has been long studied at Yale. Now in the Nov.


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Teen Depression and Self Harm

Dealing With Depression and Self Harm: There is Hope! Contains "Broken" by Seether (featuring Amy Lee)

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8 Tips for Teenage Depression | World of Psychology

8 Tips for Teenage Depression | World of Psychology | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it

Teenagers are moody. Absolutely.Fluctuations in hormones cause anger outbursts, irritability, emotional hysteria, bursts of anger, defiant behavior weepiness. So it’s very difficult to tease apart teenage drama from legitimate depression and other mood disorders. However, it’s worth the effort because depression and other mood disorders that begin in adolescence often become much more serious and difficult to treat as adult disorders.


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Teenagers vs Drugs and Alcohol

Teenagers vs Drugs and Alcohol

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Remi Moores's curator insight, November 26, 2014 7:54 AM

this is a great video as it shows the real effect of drugs and alcohol and if shows you how in the start its all good and then what it turns into.

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New heroin treatment study finds long term treatment offers best chance of recovery (Aus)

The longest study of heroin users in Australia has revealed long term treatment programs offer the greatest chance of success in recovering from heroin addiction.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, September 8, 2014 10:22 PM

More coverage of the NDARC study.

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Councils back medicinal cannabis trials in Tasmania

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Councils in Tasmania's south back moves to allow trials of cannabis growing for medicinal use.

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if it works for pain management then it should be tested throughout Australia to help those in need 

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Schools fear ice dealers will target children (VIC)

Principals and youth workers fear Victoria’s ice pandemic is becoming so widespread that schools could soon become targets for drug dealers.


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ReGenUC's curator insight, August 16, 2014 8:21 PM
YSAS' Paul Bird mentions the high level of community anxiety about Ice. Articles like this one do not help. Alcohol is still far more likely to be causing problems in VIC schools.
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Medical marijuana reforms to be considered by committee (ACT)

Medical marijuana reforms to be considered by committee (ACT) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
A Legislative Assembly committee will consider proposed laws allowing terminally and chronically ill Canberrans to grow marijuana and use the drug to alleviate their pain and symptoms.

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If marijuana is proven to be assisting patients then it should be treated just like any other drug and it should be legal to help those who need it. 

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Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes (UK)

Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes (UK) | Daniel's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King's College London, published today in Molecular Psychiatry.

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Scary to think it could cause irreversible brain damage

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Ministers unite in opposition to medical marijuana trials

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Key Tasmanian legislators unite in opposition to the cultivation and processing of medical cannabis.
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