One born every minute at The Burnie Advocate. A few days ago a new study was released in the US that showed the number of babies born suffering from withdrawal symptoms due to their mothers’ use of prescription painkillers had increased threefold from 2000 to 2009. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was predictably picked up by myriad news services worldwide, who all used the catchy line “every hour a baby is born addicted to drugs”.
Everyone except Tasmania’s Burnie Advocate, which, on page 17 of its Wednesday edition decided to go with the much more sensationalist — and incorrect — “one drug-addicted baby is born every minute in the United States”. That’d be 525,948 a year, according to the Advocate.
Front page of the day. Asylum seekers — err, boat people — and an Immigration Department plan to accommodate them in private housing equals “BOATHOUSES”. Well it does if you are today’s Daily Telegraph:
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