Professor Louisa Degenhardt


Australia is one of only two high-income countries where drug use disorders are a top 10 cause of disability, according to modelling by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW.


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.


Car accidents accounted for the majority of the serious injuries sustained by almost one billion people worldwide in 2013, according to new research released today. 

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Lower back pain is the leading cause of ill health in Australians according to an international study, supported by UNSW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. 

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