National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

drugs

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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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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