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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

‘Decriminalising Drugs Will Save Our Kids’

OPINION No parent likes the idea of their kids using drugs. Drugs sit at the top of the list of experiences that we pray our kids will NEVER do, like dropping out of school or getting a tattoo. That’s why, when I saw the thin blue line that indicated my son’s impending arrival, I didn’t [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:05:31+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Teen Drinkers More Likely to Battle Alcohol Abuse in Adulthood

When it comes to underage drinking, how often a teenager drinks rather than how much they drink has been found to be a bigger indicator of problems later in life. According to a new study, teens who drink at least weekly before the age 17 are up to three times more likely to binge, drink-drive, [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:05:31+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow

One in seven high school students reported misusing prescription opioids, one of several disturbing results in a nationwide survey of teenagers that revealed a growing sense of fear and despair among youth in the United States. The numbers of teenagers reporting “feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” suicidal thoughts, and days absent from school out of fear of [...]

By |2018-07-02T10:42:34+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Boozy Mum Culture Gone Too Far?

Social media feeds are rife with memes depicting exhausted women guzzling wine in giant glasses, with phrases like, "Technically, you're not drinking alone if your kids are home." They refer to wine as "mummy juice" or to the hour of "wine o'clock" - a time that all mums apparently look forward to as a way [...]

By |2018-04-23T15:26:54+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

5 Ways Parents Can Teach Kids About Consent

An honest chat with children about healthy, consensual sex could not come any sooner. Time and again, society fails to educate young people — particularly young women — about sexual health. What’s more, in the United States, abstinence-only sex education is the rule, not the exception — and studies show it actually hurts kids as they grow into adolescence. [...]