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Cops’ war on drugs handcuffed by rules

THE death of young  teenager recently launched a thousand family conversations.Out of such tragedy parents hope will come a ‘teaching ­moment’ about the perils of drug use.

 

But if they didn’t know ­already, this city is awash with drugs, and the best parental advice is not enough.

 

“In 20 years I’ve never seen it this bad,” one veteran police officer says.

Buying illicit drugs has never been so cheap and easy. Drugs effectively have been decriminalised, under the noses and against the wishes of most Australians.


Via Lives Lived Well
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article evolves around the death of the death of 19 year old Georgina Bartter after ingesting ecstasy at a Sydney dance festival. This has brought grew grief to Georgina's family but overall a massive wake up call about the drug use through teenagers. Between 2008 and 2011, the decline in drug use stalled and cannabis use climbed, according to the Australian Secondary Students Drug and Alcohol Survey. This just tells us how drugs is increasingly becoming a bigger problem in young Australians.This article tells us this, and allows us to realise action needs to be taken. 

 
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More than 50 per cent of women who binge drink continue the practice during pregnancy, study finds (Aus)

More than 50 per cent of women who binge drink continue the practice during pregnancy, study finds (Aus) | Meena's Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
More than half of women who binge drink continue to do so during pregnancy, an Australian study has found, with fewer than one in five following guidelines to abstain from alcohol.

Via ReGenUC
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article talks about how more than 50 per cent of women who binge drink continue the bad habit later. This tells us how bad the habit of binge drinking is, that it even affects a fetus, who doesn't need the punishment of disabilities when he/she is born from its mother. This is more common in teenagers as teenage pregnancy is on the rise, and teenage binge drinking has always been an issue. This just shows how there needs to be more education and awareness on teenage pregnancy and binge drinking.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:01 PM

This study shows just how much more public education is required on FASD.

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Teen pregnancy crisis

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A STUDY on Australian teenage pregnancy rates has revealed the extent of youth pregnancies, with academics slamming the Federal Government for inadequate sex education in schools.

Via Jai Tuckwood
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This article discusses the extent of youth pregnancies in Australia. Australia has one of the highest teen pregnancies rates in the developing world, giving us evidence of how much of a problem teenage pregnancy actually is. You would think that it would decrease with the sex education we receive at school starting from year 9, but this hasn't stopped 35 per cent of people to have sex and 6.1 per cent resulting pregnancy, and 7.5 per cent said they were "unsure" within the years of year 10 and year 12 that the survey in the article undertook. Another reason   why this article shows that there is a teen pregnancy crisis and the sex education doesn't work for some people is the fact that the 67.9% of people who said in a survery in 1997 that they use condoms, has dropped to 65.1% in the most recent survey in 2002. Not only can they fall pregnant but STD's is more likely because the barrier method of preventing fluids is not there. This is quite confronting information and proves to us as a nation that sex education needs to not only be increased but also improved to make sure people are having intercourse in a safe way. 

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Jai Tuckwood's curator insight, June 19, 2014 9:07 PM

There is good and bad about this article. The good is that most teenagers seem to be using contraceptive methods and they are working, however it does seem that the rates are dropping and more and more are using the "withdrawal" method as their main way of contraception. This isn't pleasing as it means there will be more teenage pregnancies in the years to come. Schools really need to crack down on educating teenagers on sex and drugs.

Caitlin Chadrawy's curator insight, November 25, 2014 9:52 PM

Teenagers do not understand the full responsibility of having and raising a child, Although teenage pregnancy rates have been declining since the 1970s, Australia is ranked by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as having one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world.


35 per cent had had sex and 6.1 per cent reported it had resulted in pregnancy, while 7.5 per cent said they were "unsure." With 12 per cent of sexually active students confessing to using the withdrawal method for contraception, the academics are calling on the Federal Government for comprehensive sex education classes nationwide.

 small mistakes and having sex because they are curious or whatever and not fully understanding the results and way a baby can take over your life is not okay and more people need to become aware of the outcomes .  


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12 Signs Of Alcohol Addiction - Save Your Life

Many alcoholics are in denial about their addiction but there may actually be signs that are signaling that you do in fact have a problem and need help. If you even think in the slightest way that you could have an alcohol problem then take an honest look at these twelve symptoms and ask... http://homeremedypro.com/alcoholism/12-signs-of-alcohol-addiction-save-your-life/


Via Nicole Rosetta
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article explores the sign of alcohol addiction, how to recognise an addiction and how to prevent yourself from being addicted to alcohol. This is very important because you need to be able to identify the addiction to be able to know you have a problem.

 

In class we looked at the short and long term effects of alcohol and when seeing articles like these it reminds you to be careful around such a dangerous drug like alcohol especially as young adults.

 

A lot of teenagers suffer from alcohol and they need to know that they do have a drinking problem. Its important that teenagers are exposed to education about alcohol and for them to know the signs in which they have an alcohol addiction or not.

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Alcohol Rehab: A Sobering Conclusion

Alcohol Rehab: A Sobering Conclusion | Meena's Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it

Gathered in this infographic is information about alcohol rehab. The content includes a brief explanation of alcohol abuse, how to determine if one is already suffering from it, and the medical treatment required to help a person overcome the addiction.


Via Shane Marks
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This is one of the best articles I have seen on alcohol because not only is it visually appealing but it has all the information needed to know whether you have an alcohol addiction and how you can recover from it. This would be a great article/brochure to place in a doctors waiting room.

This is the type of brochure i would like to make for my assessment task.

 

In class we talked about organisations such as kids line, help line etc who can help you with such problems as alcohol addiction and to identify when someone has an alcohol addiction. It is important to be able to identify such issues and to take action on it. If you can't identify that you have an alcohol addiction then you won't get any better because you won't know about it. 

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Thousands More Teenage Girls Hospitalised by Binge-Drinking than Boys

Thousands More Teenage Girls Hospitalised by Binge-Drinking than Boys | Meena's Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it

Please see my comment below analysing this article.

 

"Thousands more teenage girls than boys are ending up in hospital because of
binge-drinking, Government ministers have revealed, as they work on new
plans to tackle cheap alcohol.

 


Via Robyn Nicol
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article discusses the figures from the Department of Health which shows that there has been 2,400 more girls being hospitalised from binge drinking since the beginning of 2010. 

 

I was surprised to see that the article didn't give a reason for why the number of girls being hospitalised from binge drinking has risen, but as i was taught in class alcohol naturally effects girls more because they have a higher body fat percentage than boys meaning that girl absorb alcohol more. I believe that recently because of more peer pressure, girls have been pressured to drink more, and because girls are effected by alcohol more because of the body fat percentage, therefore giving the reason why girls have been hospitilised recently more than boys. I don't think girls are drinking more then what boys are but because of the natural fact of body fat, girls are effected by alcohol more.

 

The article also discusses that increasing the price of alcohol might solve the problem. There are different perspectives on this in the article, some thinking it will work, others think it won't and some think that it will just ruin some families financially. i think that it is unfair to punish the whole community including responsible alcohol drinker because of irresponsible teenagers. In class we discussed the long side effects of alcohol including financial problems which can be a big issue in todays society. I don't think increasing the price of alcohol will do any good to solving the teenage drinking problem as I don't think any price tag will stop them from buying a very addictive drug.

 

This article brings up some great issues about teenage drinking with quite a bit of things related to our work on alcohol in class. I have learnt quite a bit through this article. 

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Long acting contraceptive device gets approved as experts warn poor access to such methods boosts the nation's abortion rate

Long acting contraceptive device gets approved as experts warn poor access to such methods boosts the nation's abortion rate | Meena's Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it

A NEW three year contraceptive has been approved by the government as experts warn poor access to long acting contraceptives is contributing to a staggering abortion rate.

More than 70,000 women have an abortion every year and it is estimated that up to 60 per cent were using a contraceptive at the time of their unintended pregnancy.

Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia says the abortion rate is a "significant public health issue".

Long acting contraceptives such as implants, intra-uterine devices and injections can slash the risk of unintended pregnancies more than twentyfold, says Family Planning acting medical director Mary Stewart.

NEW PILL ADDS COMFORT FOR WOMEN

The nation's medicines regulator recently approved a new long acting hormonal intra-uterine device called Jaydess.

It is a soft, flexible device that releases small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel into the uterus and is 99 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy.

The device must be inserted by a doctor or nurse, is reversible and lasts for up to three years.

It is smaller than the existing hormonal IUD Mirena and contains a lower dose of hormone.

It will soon be submitted for a government subsidy approval and could be available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in early 2015.

Dr Stewart says there may be advantages in the smaller size of the device for women who have not yet had children but the evidence is being reviewed.

SAFETY ALERT FOR CONTRACEPTION PILL

Less than 10 per cent of Australian women are using these long acting devices which are better at preventing pregnancy because they do not require a woman to remember to take a daily pill.

"We need to make sure women are aware of these methods and that GPs are aware of the suitability of these options," Dr Stewart says.

Data from South Australian and Western Australia has found the abortion rate is highest in women aged 20-24 with 21.4 in every 1,000 women this age having an abortion.

Up to 87 per cent of those aged under 15 with an unintended pregnancy in these two states had an abortion.

AUSSIE WOMEN MISS OUT ON BENEFITS OF LONG-TERM CONTRACEPTION

The abortion rate for unintended pregnancies was 52 per cent for 15-19 year olds and 33-35 per cent for 20-24 year olds in those states.

Another factor behind our abortion rate may be that women overseas get access to a greater range of contraceptive methods.

Dr Stewart says many of these overseas products are not available to Australians because we are a much smaller market.

In the UK and US women have access to a contraceptive patch that delivers the same hormones as the pill through the skin, the patch has to be replaced every week.

A progesterone only pill is available in the US and UK can be taken within a 12 hour window each day compared to the three hour window of the pill available here.

A morning after pill available in the US and UK is more effective than the morning after pill available here.


Via Alexis Hubble
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article explores the topic of different contraception methods and abortion. More than 70,000 women have an abortion every year and it is estimated that up to 60 per cent were using a contraceptive at the time of their unintended pregnancy. This just shows how the contraceptive methods women are using are just not working and needs improving. It also talks about teenage abortions is up to 87 per cent of those aged under 15 with an unintended pregnancy in these two states had an abortion. This is also a huge issue, which tells us that teens do not know the responsibility of their action. This relates to the topics we learnt in class such as contraceptive methods as well as teenage pregnancy. 

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Alexis Hubble's curator insight, May 17, 2014 5:17 AM

This article is about the high number of abortion rates and unintended pregnancies. Also that there is a new contraception pill that last for 3 years and it is 99 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy. Australians have higher abortion rates than overseas as they have a greater range of contraception method. This article is good awareness of the contraception pill and how we need to be careful.

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Australian teens are going off smoking but are bingeing on spirits and beer at unsupervised parties

Australian teens are going off smoking but are bingeing on spirits and beer at unsupervised parties | Meena's Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
THEY may have nearly all stopped smoking, but three quarters of Australian high school students have tried alcohol.

Via ReGenUC
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article explores the topic on how we have succeeded as a country to reduce smoking rates but unfortunately this has just led to binge drinking at unsupervised parties. It is sad that we have succeeded at one thing but teenage drinking at parties has gone on a rise. In class we have looked at binge drinking, smoking and teenage parties, which is suitable to this particular article. 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, August 24, 2013 8:05 PM

Citing Cancer Council of Victoria research into the tobacco, alcohol and other drug use of 25,000 high school students.

Charli Morelli's curator insight, November 25, 2014 10:00 PM

The article discusses how we have succeeded as a country to reduce the number of smokers however this has only lead to binge drinking and illegal drugs. over the year our class has touched over this whole topic that the article is discussing which is relatable in this article 

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Risk of Binge Drinking Among Unemployed Rises to 64% Since 2004

Risk of Binge Drinking Among Unemployed Rises to 64% Since 2004 | Meena's Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
The recession caused a surge in binge drinking among the unemployed, new research shows.

Via vince tracy
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article discusses the issue of unemployed binge drinkers. I think this article is more of a reminder to everyone of how easily it is to fall into the trap of excessive use of alcohol. Unemployment is just an example of one of the things that can make you binge drink. Another examples are teenagers binge drinking. Teenagers go through a time in their life when there are a lot of pressures such as school work, relationship issues etc but what they dont realise that binge drinking will not help the situation they are in at all. What makes it worst is that teenagers think that it is cool to drink which makes them think it is ok for them to drink.

 

In class we discussed these issues, and discussed that alcohol won't help you escape from you problems but they will actually make them worst and the various of reasons why people start binge drinking in the first place. 

 

 

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vince tracy's curator insight, October 11, 2013 5:08 AM

Please realise this is a story foretelling the future. Of course people will/might drink. If there are no jobs ....

nicholas's curator insight, May 31, 2014 6:24 PM

This article is showing us that 64 percent of jobless people are turning to alcohol from 2004 to 2009 due to the increase in binge drinking research shows.

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Consuming Energy Drinks with Alcohol Increases Desire for Alcohol in College Students

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Mixing an Energy Drink with an Alcoholic Beverage Increases Motivation for More Alcohol in College Students - Marczinski - 2012 - Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Wiley Online Library


Via Barbara Wood, Ph.D. www.alcoholismandthefamily.com / Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home
Meena Jasim's insight:

This article shows the studies of an experiment of how the mixing of alcohol with energy drinks, increases your desire for alcohol but in particularly teenagers. The results of the study showed that mixing alcohol with energy drinks does increase your desire for alcohol.

 

In class we discussed things such as standard drinks and learnt that a bottle of energy drink with alcohol has more than one standard drink in it, with probably more standard drinks then any other alcohol.

 

We also discussed that teenagers like energy drinks with alcohol as it just tastes like sugar which can be bad because they are not aware of how much alcohol they have drank because it just tastes like any other drink. This can be quite dangerous, and is probably why energy drinks with alcohol increases desire for alcohol for teenagers.

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Barbara Wood, Ph.D. www.alcoholismandthefamily.com / Author of Children of Alcoholism and Raising Healthy Children in an Alcoholic Home's curator insight, January 29, 2014 10:25 AM


This research is signgicant because of steep increases in the number of social drinkers who consume energy drinks along with alcohol.


80 subects  of equal gender attended 1 session where they were randomly assigned to receive 1 of 4 doses (0.91 ml/kg vodka, 1.82 ml/kg energy drink, 0.91 ml/kg vodka mixed with 1.82 ml/kg energy drink [AmED], or a placebo beverage). Investigators assessed alcohol-induced priming of the motivation to drink by self-report on the Desire for Drug questionnaire.


The priming dose of alcohol increased the subjective ratings of “desire” for more alcohol and investigators noted that this result is  consistent with previous research that small doses of alcohol can increase the motivation to drink. However, higher desire ratings over time were also observed with AmEDs compared with alcohol alone.



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young people consume more and more alcholol
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Teenage Drinking Raises Risk of Early Dementia

Teenage Drinking Raises Risk of Early Dementia | Meena's Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Swedish study identifies heavy drinking as a teenager as the most serious of nine risk factors for young onset dementia

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/12/teenage-drinking-early-dementia-study


Via Leo Fieldgrass
Meena Jasim's insight:

In term 1, we learnt a lot about teenage drinking, but in particular what drinking underage and binge drinking can do to our bodies and lives. These are things such as psychotic issues, social problems, brain damage, damage to all organs, fights, relationship problems, financial problems, legal problems and many more.  

 

In this article it  discusses a recent research with another serious life changing effect of alcohol which is dementia .Sweden's Umea University, examined the records of 488,484 men conscripted into military service in the country at an average age of 18 between 1969 and 1979, 487 of whom were later diagnosed with YOD at an average age of 54.


Through this article it reminds me of how dangerous such a drug of alcohol can be and to not abuse such a drug which has ruined many people lives especially not when I am underaged. By being a responsible alcohol drinker, diseases such as dementia will have a lesser chance to develop but you are also preventing your body and life with a lot more issues. 

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Remi Moores's curator insight, May 11, 2014 6:46 AM

This article shows how alcohol can raise risks of early dementia, it talks about research on people who have drunk alcohol at a young age and have early dementia. I never knew this could happen from Teenage alcohol use and I'm glad I know now.