In both Australia and England, there have been challenges to established ways of treating people who have problems with drugs. Treatment, it has been claimed, does not do enough to help people ‘recover’ from drug dependence. In both countries, people who run the treatment system have had to respond to this challenge. In England, this has involved ‘absorption’.
Online drug marketplaces on the "dark web" have begun to resemble traditional organised crime, and Australian drug dealers are the most prevalent users of this system per capita than any other nationality, writes SMH reporter Phoebe Moloney.
This feature article on neuroscientist Marc Lewis and his new book discusses his theory that callenges the modern-day concensus on drug dependence as a brain disease, arguing that in "in reality it is a complex cultural, social, psychological and biological phenomenon" as NDARC Professor Alison Ritter describes.
Australians are completely in the dark when it comes to the scale of ice use in the country, according to a recent survey by NCPIC, writes Professor Jan Copeland in the Newcastle Herald.
NSW Labor MP Stephen Jones discusses the public health benefits of marriage equality as found by recent DPMP research.
New, tamper-resistant formulations of prescription opioids such as the recent reformulation of OxyContin investigated in the NOMAD study led by NDARC's Professor Louisa Degenhardt could tackle many opioid misuse problems, writes Elie Dolgin in Nature.
A new NDARC study found that the introduction of an alcopop tax has significantly reduced alcohol-related harm among young Australians, writes Carleen Frost.
Heavier use and higher purity of crystal methamphetamine cause an elevated risk of psychosis, violence, and cardiovascular problems as well as a variety of other health and social concerns, write Prof Michael Farrell and Dr Rebecca McKetin.
New reports released by NDARC show that the number of methamphetamine-related deaths in Australia increased from 2010 to 2011, and more injecting drug users turn to the drug's crystal form, known as 'ice', writes Helen Davidson.