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Man claims painkillers 'made him gay'
A man claims he's dumped his girlfriend and is now gay after taking drugs to ease the pain of a broken foot.
Scott Purdy identified as a heterosexual before his go-karting accident.
But the 23-year-old claims he quickly went off women and ended things with his girlfriend of six months, after being prescribed pregabalin earlier this year.
Scott said he soon realised he fancied men, and began to identify as a homosexual - blaming the drug, which is known by the brand name Lyrica.
"I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention," he said.
"I was with a girlfriend, I had been with her around six months.
"I had never been interested in men.
"When I was younger, I was a little bit curious, but a couple of weeks after taking it I turned around and realised I didn't find her physically attractive anymore."
Pregablin, which is marketed as Lyrica, is used to treat epilepsy and anxiety as well as nerve pain.
Common side effects - those that happen in more than one in every 100 people - tend to be mild.
They include headaches, feeling dizzy, diarrhoea, mood changes, weight gain and in men, difficulty getting an erection.
Less common side effects include a decrease in libido, abnormal thinking, nervousness, anxiety and confusion.
Crash causes significant delays for Sydney motorists
People travelling along the Pacific Motorway north of Sydney are being told to expect significant delays following a collision on the Hawkesbury River bridge at Mooney Mooney.
One of three southbound lanes were closed earlier, with queued traffic increasing from 4.5km to 9km.
All lanes have now been reopened but motorists are being warned to allow for plenty of extra travel time as there are still likely to be delays due to heavy traffic in the area.
It is not yet known if anyone was injured in the crash.
Fury over Amazon's 'Enjoy cocaine' kids' shirt
Amazon has been forced to withdraw a line of children's clothes printed with the slogan "Enjoy Cocaine" after a furious customer complained about the inappropriate phrase.
The message was printed on kids' T-shirts and even a baby's bib, with the $18.50 top modelled by children of different ages, including a toddler wearing the bib.
The phrase is a play on words from Coke's iconic "Enjoy Coca-cola" design, but instead of a solid wavy line underneath the text, this parody slogan is emphasised with a white powdery line.
Shopper Stephanie Smith blasted Amazon UK on its Facebook page, writing: "Admittedly, yes I was looking for a Libertines T-shirt but what the actual hell is this? WTF."
The items were sold by third party seller with the username Philips T15 and have since been removed from the website.
"All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don't will be subject to action including potential removal of their account," an Amazon spokesperson said.
"The products in question are no longer available."
Shoppers stranded after Woolworths store outage
Hundreds of Woolworths check-outs were disabled yesterday as the result of an IT glitch, forcing shoppers to abandon their trolleys as some stores had to close their doors.
The technical glitch hit about half of Woolworths' 995 Australian stores and attached BWS liquor outlets for about 30 minutes on Monday just after 4pm.
In a statement, Woolworths said the outage was related to an IT systems update.
"This was related to an update to our IT systems. Our systems ultimately self-corrected themselves and we were back and open for trade across most stores by 4.30pm, with all stores now operational," group chief executive Brad Banducci said.
"This type of incident should not occur and we apologise unreservedly to our customers and store teams for the inconvenience caused."
Shoppers around Australia posted to social media to express their frustration.
NSW man drives to police station 'drunk'
A man who already had his licence suspended is facing fresh charges after he allegedly drove to a Sydney police station drunk to fulfil bail reporting conditions.
The 57-year-old was "staggering and smelt of alcohol" when he entered Kogarah Police Station at about 12.30pm on Monday, police said.
He'd also parked in a space reserved for police vehicles.
The man was arrested and a subsequent breath test allegedly returned a reading of .226 - more than four times the legal limit.
He was charged with high-range drink driving, driving while suspended and breaching bail and is expected to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Tuesday.