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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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Law enforcement still accounts for the lion's share of governments' spending on illicit drugs, according to the first comprehensive review in a decade.

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Are opioids really the lifetime treatment of choice for someone who may live the rest of their lives experiencing chronic pain, sometimes worsening as they age, asks Louisa Degenhardt.

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Generally speaking, if a population drinks more, there will be more harm from alcohol. But this link now appears to be unravelling, writes Michael Livingston.

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Solving some of the most pressing mental health issues affecting our community – substance abuse and suicide – is the focus of two Centres of Research Excellence, launched at UNSW by Ministers Tanya Plibersek and Mark Butler.

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An increase in deaths from prescription painkillers is alarming, but the problem does not arise from one simple cause and a single intervention won't offer a solution, argues Louisa Degenhardt.

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Ecstasy appears to be making a comeback among regular drug users, mirroring a global trend, according to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.

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Opiate substitution treatments can help reduce the risk of HIV transmission in people who inject drugs, researchers say.

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The latest data on the number of deaths in Australia from heroin and other opioid use shows a worrying upward trend, according to UNSW researchers.

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