National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

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In a reversal of the heroin epidemic of the late 90s and early 2000s, older Australians aged 35 to 54 are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose, a new report reveals.

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There is an urgent need to reconsider steroid use as a public health issue as opposed to a criminal justice concern, write Katinka van de Ven and Renee Zahnow.

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One-third of people presenting to NSW emergency departments have underlying drug and alcohol problems, yet only a small number get appropriate treatment, UNSW research has found.  

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Australia risks significant harm if adequate systems are not in place to monitor our drug markets and to respond rapidly when specific dangers are detected, write Stephen Bright and Monica Barratt.

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Decriminalisation of personal drug use and possession saves public money and has significant public health benefits, according to a new report by UNSW.

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Almost 270,000 Australians are regular users of methamphetamine, with the number of young people dependent on the drug more than doubling in the past five years, UNSW research shows.

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Teenagers who smoke cannabis at least once a week are less likely to finish school, enrol in university or obtain a degree, according to UNSW research that challenges notions the drug is less harmful than alcohol. 

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Opioid-dependent patients are five times more likely to die in the first four weeks of treatment if they are prescribed methadone rather than the alternative treatment, buprenorphine, a new study shows.

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A study by UNSW's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has found the number of Australians receiving treatment for dependence on the painkillers codeine and oxycodone trebled in ten years.

alcohol

Contrary to popular opinion, teenage drinking in Australia has declined dramatically over the past fifteen years, write Michael Livingston and Amy Pennay.

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