National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

Man holding an ecstasy pill. Focus on the pill

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

hand crushing cigarette

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.

man holding his head in pain while drinking at a public bar

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. 

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth

Illicit drugs are harder to get and cost more since the coronavirus pandemic, says UNSW Sydney’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

Few last pills rolling out of a bottle

Opioid dependence – and other problematic opioid behaviours in people with chronic pain –  is associated with patient risk factors, rather than simply higher opioid doses, says a new report.

NDARC report

We need a new international approach to drug use, a landmark series of papers led by researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney has found.

group therapy

Residential drug rehab programs usually last for around eight weeks and include everything from counselling sessions to household chores, which help build connections and support between residents.

Opioids

The number of people dying as a result of opioid use has risen markedly, says a report by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney.

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