Antibiotics: friend or foe?

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Spring is a strange time, isn’t it? One day it’s 30 degrees and we’re grabbing our summer clothes and getting ready for beach days, the next it’s plunged to 18 degrees and the jumpers are back on. With this temperamental weather, as well as the advent of hayfever symptoms, I’ve been seeing a lot of coughs and colds lately. So I thought I’d write a little about antibiotics.

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What is causing the overdose deaths in Australia?

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The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre run by UNSW released a report in August revealing some very sobering statistics, which can be found here.

They found that in 2016 there were 1045 opioid-induced deaths among Australians aged 15-64 years (6.6 per 100,000 people), which is anĀ increase over the last ten years from 3.8 per 100,000 people in 2007. Continue reading “What is causing the overdose deaths in Australia?”

Marijuana: is it really harmless?

Can marijuana really be considered a “social” drug like alcohol- potentially dangerous if imbibed in large quantities, but on the whole, generally harmless?

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