In Australian society, alcohol is widely used and enjoyed. The alcohol intake of Canberrans, however, seems to be higher than anyone else’s in the nation, if data from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) is to be believed.
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As nationwide drug testing begins in construction sites, a report by Ryan Keen for the Gold Coast Bulletin reveals that one in five construction workers on the Gold Coast are testing positive for drugs.
One individual athlete caught doping is bad enough. An entire team of under-age athletes failing drug tests is even worse. That’s exactly what happened to a team of teenage Russian ice hockey players in a doping scandal regarded as one of the biggest in the sport.
The number of drug overdose deaths in Victoria has risen every year since 2010, and pharmaceutical drugs have contributed significantly to that increase, says Melissa Davey in a report for The Guardian.
Nearly half number of illegal clandestine drug labs found operating in Australia in 2013-2014 were in Queensland, says a report by Lisa Yallamas for Brisbane Times.
Marijuana may already be practically legal in most of the United States, but its improved legal status there does not mean its effects on users have become any less adverse. A long-running study conducted by a university in Switzerland reveals that marijuana use over a long period of time may affect one’s verbal memory, says…
An article published in the Medical Journal of Australia is warning that over prescribing psychostimulants for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD can lead to increased rates of misuse, which would eventually lead to health issues that include anxiety, insomnia and ultimately, cardiovascular problems.
Lucas Browne, Australia’s first-ever heavyweight boxing champion of the world, has tested positive for a banned substance called clenbuterol, says a report from the BBC.