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Sleepless in HSC: Expert Highlights A Stress Crisis

Flickr Images Stressed HSC students are so wired on their prescription drugs that they are resorting to sleeping tablets and taking an artificial sleep hormone to get themselves to bed, a leading expert has warned. Chris Seton, a paediatric and adolescent sleep physician at the Woolcock Institute and Westmead Children's Hospital, also warned the US experience of [...]

The Illicit Drug Use Going Unnoticed

Encounter Youth Images   When bringing up the subject of drug use in Australia, people’s minds often go to ‘the usual suspects’: alcohol, cannabis and ecstasy. These three drugs usually get the most attention, and because of heightened media exposure (currently), methamphetamine (including ice) often gets a mention too. However, Australian’s use of [...]

Study Identifies Factors Affecting Prescription Pain Reliever Misuse

Credit Oliver Munday People who misuse prescription pain relievers all have one thing in common, University of Georgia researchers have discovered: a history of recent illicit drug use. How they acquire such drugs varies according to age, however. The findings, published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, may help health care providers and others curb [...]

Drug Use Declines among American Youth: Teen Use of Ecstasy, Heroin, Marijuana, Etc

istockphoto The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Study (MTF), an annual survey tracking teen drug abuse among 40,000 8th-, 10th,- and 12th- graders, shows some positive inroads and encouraging news in substance abuse among American youth.Use of several illicit drugs – including MDMA (known as Ecstasy or Molly), heroin, amphetamines and synthetic [...]

Busy Students Turning to Prescription Drugs

When university student Jen* faced a seven-hour shift at work after a night of socialising, she turned away from coffee to help her stay awake and picked up a little white pill. The Charles Sturt University student took a Ritalin pill just before midnight and when she got home, she was able to study, tidy [...]