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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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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For more on the AP’s Global Opioids series: https://www.apnews.com/GlobalOpioids

VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September, 2 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Ebola keeps civil servants at home for another month, Ferguson police officers begin wearing body cameras, former Iranian vice president indicted but it isn’t clear on what charges, and abalone found off Tasmania’s coast could provide improved treatment for herpes virus.

LIBERIA ​
Ebola Keeps Government and Schools Closed ​
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf extends order for civil servants to stay at home.

U.S.A.
Ferguson Police ​Receive​ ​​ Body Cameras​
​Private security firms donated the equipment following weeks of protests against the department over the death of Michael Brown.

IRAN
Government Quiet About Former Vice President’s Legal Trouble ​
State media reports Mohammad Reza Rahimi​ has been fined and sentenced to prison time, but officials haven’t formally announced the charges against him.

AUSTRALIA
Sea Snail’s Blue Blood Could Stave Off Herpes ​
Scientists​ want to develop a new treatment for the virus using a protein discovered to have preventative qualities.
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