National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

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Drivers for legalising cannabis are more likely to be political and based on public opinion, rather than econimic arguements, write Marian Shanahan and Alison Ritter. 

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The percentage of Australian teenagers choosing not to drink alcohol rose significantly in the ten years to 2010, new research shows.

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The best way to protect people from alcohol-fuelled violence is to take a collaborative approach between communities and governments supported by research-based evidence, writes Anthony Shakeshaft. 

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Steroid abuse is associated with increased risk of heart disease in otherwise healthy young men, an Australian study of deaths involving the drugs has found. 

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death has caused old heroin myths to resurface, but we need hard facts if we want evidence-based interventions to help those who are addicted, write Shane Darke and Michael Farrell. 

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More than 40 per cent of all regular psychostimulant users have used an emerging psychoactive substance in the previous six months, according to research from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

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Researchers at UNSW are conducting the first ever trial of a brief online intervention to treat combined depression and alcohol misuse in young people. 

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Dependence on opiods, such as heroin, causes the greatest health burden of all the illicit drugs, a global analysis has found.

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While only a small proportion of Australians buy illicit drugs online, continued monitoring is critical because of its indication of usage patterns in the wider community, write Lucy Burns and Joe Van Buskirk. 

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The first systematic analysis of the potency of Australian cannabis has found high levels of the main psychoactive component of the drug in samples confiscated by police.

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