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    In NSW they substitute [in their syphoning-off of this powerful drug] with saline or only give 1/2 dose and use the rest of the vial on themselves.
    Pity the poor public, but maybe it could be considered a placebo if a patient in pain got a dud painkiller "hit" and not the real thing'?

    Perhaps could be considered a work-related injury/occupational hazard due to the often gruelling and horrific work they have to do.....

    'Ambo’s “tragic” suicide bid'...…………………………..

    SAMANTHA HEALY, Townsville Bulletin
    April 21, 2016 8:14a

    A PARAMEDIC who stole a substantial quantity of prescription drugs from the Queensland Ambulance Service over a year was stockpiling the medications to commit suicide.

    A Townsville Magistrates Court heard the man, who pleaded guilty to all offences, had suffered a number of personal and professional stressors in the lead-up to the offending, which included the theft of morphine, fentanyl and midazolam, and the falsification of drug registers, between August 17, 2014 and August 21, 2015.
    At one stage, the paramedic also stole morphine from the Charters Towers Hospital while he was off-duty, the court heard.
    He was also charged after a failed attempt at the production of cannabis, with the “dead plants” located during a search warrant.
    The case was labelled “tragic” by the man’s barrister, Harvey Walters. Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Orth said the case was a “balancing act” but rehabilitation should be the aim.
    The court heard the combination of a divorce, the pending arrival of a new baby with his second wife and a particularly horrific call-out had caused the professionally “isolated” man to spiral in to depression.
    That call-out involved the concealed birth, with Mr Walters saying the paramedic had described being unable to get the image out of his mind.
    “His wife was pregnant at the time,” Mr Walters said. “He received no counselling (after the call-out).”
    The court heard the man’s firstborn was then diagnosed with autism, and his second child now appeared to be headed for the same outlook.
    “My client’s psychiatric condition began to decline severely in 2014,” Mr Walters said, telling the court the man had attempted suicide on several occasions.
    Mr Walters said the man had also been hospitalised on five occasions due to his mental health.
    He said the man, who no longer works as a paramedic, also had a genetic predisposition to mental illness that may have made him more vulnerable.
    “This is a young man with no criminal history who suffered a very significant episode and condition,” Mr Walters said. “He was driven (to steal the drugs) by his desire to take his own life.”
    It was also revealed that the man had taken out a life insurance policy, with Mr Smid remarking the man “must have laboured under immense pressure” during that 12 month waiting period.
    “That is really tragic,” Mr Smid said. Mr Walters said he couldn’t recall a “more tragic case”.
    During sentencing, Mr Smid read from a psychiatrists report, leaving it to the media to decide if the man should be publicly named.
    The court heard the man was a “high risk” of suicide. The Townsville Bulletin chose not to name him.

    Mr Smid accepted the “load” on the man had become unbearable.
    “In this case I think the court has a serious duty to ensure that someone who has been so badly damaged by circumstances ... should receive all the help you can get,” he said.
    The man was given 18 months probation with no convictions recorded.
    If you or someone you know needs help, phone Lifeline on 131 114.
    There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.
    Ron Owen.