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How Resilience Can Break the Link Between a ‘Bad’ Childhood and the Youth Justice System

Most young people in the youth justice system have been found to come from “troubled” backgrounds. However, many people with similar backgrounds don’t ever end up in youth justice services. Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and [...]

New Drug MDPV, or ‘Monkey Dust’, Found in Australia. What Is It and What Are the Harms?

Recent media reports have suggested a rise in a dangerous new party drug known as “monkey dust”. This is a slang name for the drug MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone), as well as other members of the chemical class known as “synthetic cathinones”, or “bath salts”. The effects of monkey dust are similar to other stimulants such as [...]

By |2019-01-21T15:00:36+00:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘What’s with the Dumb Warning?’: Why Young Drug Users Do not Believe the Agony of Ecstasy

Young people “laugh” at vague warnings issued by the police or politicians about the dangers of drugs even as five of their peers have died at music festivals in the past five months. Paul Dillon, the founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, said it was incredibly difficult to change people’s minds about [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:04:14+00:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Parents and Teachers Can Identify and Help Young People Self-Medicating Trauma with Drugs and Alcohol

Some 80% of young people will experience a traumatic event by the time they become an adult. Rates of exposure to trauma peak during adolescence. The stress from traumatic events can result in a loss of interest in school, friends, hobbies, and life in general. The types of traumatic events include a wide range of [...]

U.S. to Restrict E-cigarette Flavors to Fight Teenage Vaping ‘Epidemic’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration next week will issue a ban on the sale of fruit and candy flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations, an agency official said, in a move to counter a surge in teenage use of e-cigarettes. The ban means only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors can be [...]

By |2018-11-19T19:46:12+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

E-Cigarettes are Just as Bad for Your Lungs as Smoke, Study Finds

Vaping may be as hard on the lungs as conventional smoking, according to new research. Flavorings in e-cigarettes may be particularly harmful to the lungs by triggering inflammation, scientists have warned. Battery-powered vapes, like the Juul, are promoted as a tool to help smokers quit the habit. But even short term use causes as much [...]

By |2018-10-15T10:11:35+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Cannabis ‘More Harmful than Alcohol’ for Teen Brains

Teenagers using cannabis are causing long-lasting damage to their developing brains, a Canadian study suggests. It found the impact on thinking skills, memory and behaviour was worse than that of teenage drinking. The researchers, from the University of Montreal, urged teenagers to delay their use of cannabis for as long as they felt able. The [...]

By |2018-10-08T14:37:45+00:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Voters Back Pill Testing Despite Government’s Opposition

Almost 60 per cent of NSW voters support pill testing at music festivals despite the state government's refusal to consider it, exclusive new polling reveals one week after two people died at a dance party. The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, last week set up an expert panel to investigate how to make music festivals safer after [...]

By |2018-09-24T12:43:25+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Defqon.1: NSW Premier Vows to Shut Down Festival after Suspected Overdose Deaths

The New South Wales Premier has vowed to do everything she can to shut down Defqon.1, after two people died in suspected overdoses at the popular Sydney music festival on Saturday night. Police said a 23-year-old man from western Sydney and a 21-year-old woman from Victoria died in Nepean Hospital after collapsing at music festival [...]

By |2018-09-17T10:38:13+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Teenagers Who Smoke and Drink Suffer Ill Effects by Age of 17

Teenagers who smoke and drink alcohol are causing visible damage to their arteries by the age of 17, a study has revealed. Tests showed stiffening of the arteries had begun by this relatively young age. These physical changes have been linked with an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as stroke and [...]

By |2018-09-03T11:52:14+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments