National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

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The latest Drug Trends report from UNSW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre shows more than 1800 drug-induced deaths in Australia in 2020.

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Measures to curb growing rates of opioid use are also making it difficult for people with long-term, chronic pain to get ongoing prescriptions.

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New national standards aim to change doctors’ prescribing habits for hospital patients with pain when they’re discharged home.

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Fewer than half of people with alcohol use disorder who received professional help perceived their treatment as helpful.

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New Fellows elected in recognition of their excellence in the social sciences.

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Results from annual surveys of people who regularly use drugs in Australia have revealed a range of concerning trends in 2021.

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UNSW Sydney researchers have compared plant extract cytisine to an established quit smoking aid in a clinical trial for the first time.

2019 Drug Trends Report

The latest Drug Trends report from UNSW Sydney’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre reveals there were 1865 drug-induced deaths in 2019, with a shift to more deaths involving heroin than natural and semi-synthetic opioids.

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Adolescents who had more and more blackouts each year had a much higher risk of developing severe alcohol problems.

Group of friends partying in a nightclub and toasting drinks.

Our time of social isolation under COVID-19 restrictions has reinforced the importance of taking care of each other, particularly the most vulnerable in our community. 

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