Tamper-resistant pain killers doing little to curb opioid abuse in Australia

Tamper-resistant pain killers doing little to curb opioid abuse in Australia

The introduction of strong pain killers that can’t be crushed or dissolved has done little to tackle Australia’s opioid epidemic, a study has found. Key points: Making opioids tamper-resistant hasn’t stopped increases in opioid misuse More people are becoming dependent after being prescribed the drugs for pain Experts want more access to non-drug treatments for pain patients Amid concerns about rising rates of opioid addiction and misuse, in 2014 high-strength oxycodone tablets — known as OxyContin — were reformulated to make them tamper-proof so that patients couldn’t inject, snort, chew…

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Peter Stefanovic talks about his new role at Weekend Today and his relationship with brother Karl

Peter Stefanovic talks about his new role at Weekend Today and his relationship with brother Karl

KARL Stefanovic has his own unique interviewing style — he loves to catch out his interview subjects. He also loves to have a laugh on air and can admit to where he went wrong. Now his brother Peter is taking the reins at Weekend Today while Karl continues his Monday to Friday gig alongside Georgie Gardner this year. Despite having loads of experience in his own right from being a former US correspondent for Nine and a 60 Minutes reporter, Peter told Nine.com.au that he still calls his brother for…

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Barty sets up Aussie showdown with Gavrilova at Sydney International

Barty sets up Aussie showdown with Gavrilova at Sydney International

Updated January 11, 2018 19:12:27 Photo: Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning a game against Barbora Strycova. (AP: Rick Rycroft) Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty has booked a Sydney International semi-final showdown with compatriot Daria Gavrilova after a convincing win in the last eight. The 19th-ranked Barty showed why she entered the summer as Australia’s number one player after dominating an error-prone Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2 on Ken Rosewall Arena. Barty broke the Czech midway through the first set and did not look back, unleashing an impressive array of shots past a frustrated…

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Ecuador wants Julian Assange out of its embassy. Deporting him to Australia is one option

Ecuador wants Julian Assange out of its embassy. Deporting him to Australia is one option

Updated January 11, 2018 17:44:59 Photo: Julian Assange has been in the embassy since 2012 (Reuters: Peter Nicholls) Related Story: Assange won’t ‘forgive or forget’ as rape investigation dropped Ecuador is hoping it can break a long impasse that has seen WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holed up in its London embassy for five years. It is seeking a third-party mediator to broker a deal with the United Kingdom in an effort to find a way for Mr Assange, who is an Australian citizen, to leave their building. Ecuador has been…

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Joe Hildebrand: Celebrity apprentices don’t add up to real leadership

Joe Hildebrand: Celebrity apprentices don’t add up to real leadership

IF a future alien race ever cares enough to comb through the ashes of planet Earth, it may one day discover what we were too stupid to realise. That the cause of our annihilation wasn’t climate change or nuclear war but the ­moment we decided to make celebrities our leaders. Politics has always had something in common with show business. Both industries are heavily populated with attention-seeking narcissists who have other people write their lines for them and ind`eed, Washington has been famously described as “Hollywood for ugly people”. Camera…

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