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Until 2013, laws in every Australian state and territory allowed people to be forced to have psychiatric treatment even if they competently refused it. from shutterstock.com

Should we be forcing people with severe mental illness to have treatment they don’t want?

Until 2013, Australian state and territory laws allowed forcing people into psychiatric treatment if it was thought necessary to protect them from serious harm – even if they competently refused it.
Since 2009 an increasing number of drugs have emerged that are designed to circumvent the law and are cheap to produce. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Is Australia really being flooded by new killer drugs?

There is a potential for significant harm in Australia if we don't have adequate systems in place to monitor our drug markets and respond rapidly when specific dangers are detected.
There has been particular concern about methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Matthew/flickr

How big a problem is ice use among Indigenous Australians?

Around 2.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians 15 years and over report using speed or amphetamine in the past year. This is similar to the general population.
In the animal kingdom, males are somewhat dispensable, which might explain why males are more likely to die. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why males are more likely to die from conception to old age

Miscarriages and stillbirths are more likely to involve males. After birth, male babies are also more likely to die or suffer major illness.
We’ve long heard we can’t blame people for their addiction because it’s a disease, but is it? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Viewpoints: is addiction a disease?

Some think labelling it a disease is a helpful way to think about addiction; others think this makes the addict helpless in their fight against addiction. Two academics debate both sides of the coin.
There are lots of theories about why babies cry excessively, but many of the over-the-counter remedies are ineffective. from www.shutterstock.com.au

My baby is crying. Is it colic? How can I help?

Babies cry. A lot. But when does crying become colic, and what can we do about it?