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1. Shooting at US college leaves more than 13 dead.
A shooting at a US college has left more than 13 dead and dozens injured – with the death toll final number unconfirmed.
The shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon took place mainly in the science building.
The Umpqua Community College, that writes on its website it is “a peaceful, safe atmosphere, and year-round recreational activities,” was rocked by the shooting that took place around 4am AEST – around 10am local time.
The Daily Mail reports that the shooter may have put out a warning to friends via the website 4Chan where a message was posted anonymously on bulletin board reading “Some of you guys are alright. Don’t go to school tomorrow if you are in the northwest. Will post again in am, 10 min countdown. Won’t say more to much to prepare.”
Kayla Marie, a student at UCC, tweeted about the shooting as the situation unfolded.
“Omg there’s someone shooting on campus. Students are running everywhere. Holy god.”
The college is in what is known as a “gun free zone.” It is the 45th school shooting in the US this year.
It is believed there was only one shooter who is now in custody.
2. Calls to make codeine based painkillers prescription only.
People suffering from backpain and other ailments that require codeine based painkillers may be making more visits to their doctors next year as there is a recommendation to make codeine-based painkillers like Nurofen Plus and Panadeine Extra prescription only from 2016.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration has recommended analgesic products containing codeine is reclassified to a Schedule 4 drug meaning it must be prescribed by a doctor.
Australia and the UK are the only countries where codeine is available over the counter.
An interim report from its Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling recommends making the products prescription only from June next year.
“There is also a lack of evidence of any benefit of codeine over placebo in the relief of cough, making the risk/benefit profile for this indication unfavourable,” the report said.
The Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling also found that as many as 4 to 10 percent of people were “ultra-rapid metabolisers” making them at risk of a potentially fatal morphine overdose from a normal amount of codeine.
The Australian Medical Association told the ABC it backed the TGA to make an appropriate decision.
“The evidence is the key to making the decision here — it’s not about anyone’s interests other than the patient,” AMA vice-president Dr Stephen Parnis said.
3. Abbott says he never trusted Turnbull.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has spoken of his fears that Malcolm Turnbull was always after his job.
Speaking on 3AW the former PM said yesterday that he never trusted Malcolm Turnbull, believing he was always intent on a leadership challenge.
Asked whether he had forgiven Mr Turnbull, Mr Abbott declined to answer.