National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

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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.

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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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Juvenile crime rates in the NSW town of Armidale have been halved over the past seven years, thanks to an innovative, community-based skills program aimed at 14- to 17-year-olds.

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Pill testing kits or booths at venues where pills are known to be consumed could inform users about the content of illicit drugs, writes Alison Ritter.

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Eureka Prize-winner Professor Maree Teesson has been named as one of the country's leading innovators in the prestigious 100 Most Influential Women awards.

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Teenagers who use cannabis daily before the age of 17 are 60% less likely to complete high school and seven times more likely to attempt suicide than those who haven't used the drug, UNSW research shows.

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Teenagers whose parents supply alcohol in adolescence are three times as likely to be drinking full serves of alcohol at 16 compared to teens in families that do not, a major NDARC study has found.

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Depression, alcohol and drug dependence are indiscriminate killers. It doesn’t matter how wealthy, funny or beautiful you are, write Katherine Mills, Frances Kay-Lambkin and Maree Teesson.

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