Nicole Kidman walks red carpet in Toronto to present “The Goldfinch” | AFP

Australian star Nicole Kidman walks the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), to present her latest film: “The Goldfinch”, an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning novel.

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Australian mother fights to save her son from his opioid addiction

Australian mother Deb Ware is in a race to save her son from a crippling addiction to opioids. Sam Ware’s addiction began after a doctor prescribed him opioids following a simple wisdom tooth extraction. He has now survived more than 60 overdoses in 12 months. Deb has spent three years waging a lonely war against a system that made pharmaceutical opioids cheap and easy to get for Australians.

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Pain, depression and addiction for Australian woman prescribed avalanche of opioids

Like in the U.S., the problem has hit the country’s poorest areas the hardest. One region of Tasmania _ Australia’s poorest state _ has more opioid prescriptions than people. Carmall Casey was suffering from crippling knee pain when doctors gave her an opioid. She said the first patch on her skin, it felt like heaven. But the agony eventually returned, so the doctor upped the dosage. The side effects were hell _ depression, anxiety, panic attacks. And her pain got worse.

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Australian man’s horror as friend died from opioid addiction

Matthew Tonkin came back to Australia from Afghanistan “broken and addicted to opioids” says his childhood friend. Ivo Kinshela blames Matthew’s tragic death on a loose drug regulations that allowed him in six months to see 24 doctors and get 23 different medications from 16 pharmacies __ and he got 27 prescriptions just for oxycodone.

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Pain, depression and addiction for Australian woman prescribed avalanche of opioids

Like in the U.S., the problem has hit the country’s poorest areas the hardest. One region of Tasmania _ Australia’s poorest state _ has more opioid prescriptions than people. Carmall Casey was suffering from crippling knee pain when doctors gave her an opioid. She said the first patch on her skin, it felt like heaven. But the agony eventually returned, so the doctor upped the dosage. The side effects were hell _ depression, anxiety, panic attacks. And her pain got worse.

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Australian man’s horror as friend died from opioid addiction

Matthew Tonkin came back to Australia from Afghanistan “broken and addicted to opioids” says his childhood friend. Ivo Kinshela blames Matthew’s tragic death on a loose drug regulations that allowed him in six months to see 24 doctors and get 23 different medications from 16 pharmacies __ and he got 27 prescriptions just for oxycodone.

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Australian PM in East Timor for referendum anniversary | AFP

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives in East Timor’s capital, Dili, to attend the 20th anniversary of the country’s UN-backed referendum which paved the way for it to become an independent nation. Morrison is also slated to mark a maritime border treaty that could unlock billions in offshore oil and gas revenue in East Timor. IMAGES

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G7: UK PM Boris Johson meets Australian PM Morrison | AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison meet in Biarritz during G7. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, August 21st: Trump insists US has strong gun background checks; Australian court upholds convictions against Cardinal Pell; Facebook launches new privacy tool; San Francisco airport bans sale of some plastic bottles.

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