Ms Erin O'Loughlin's blog
We have been bowled over by the interest in our just-published research on the link between steroid use and heart disease. Fairfax readers were so interested, the news made the 'most read' list for four of their five major newspapers.
Did you miss the article? Catch up here: Young men dying from heart disease linked to steroid use
Professor Shane Darke's book, The Life of the Heroin User: Typical Beginnings, Trajectories and Outcomes, was launched in 2011 by former West Australian premier Geoff Gallop, who described it as "social science at its best".
Eighteen months on and the book is now available in German:
NDARC's research interviews with regular ecstasy users provide some insight into how drug use differs between those who identify as heterosexual versus those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT).
When did you have your first drink of alcohol?
Data tell us Australian men typically have their first drink at 14 years of age, a figure that has changed little between the years of the baby boomers to the times of 'Gen Y'.
But if you're female, your answer is likely to differ to that given by your mum, grandmother or daughter. While women born between 1953-1962 tended to have their first drink at age 17, lagging behind their male counterparts, girls these days have caught up to the boys and typically have their first drink at age 14.
As part of our annual Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) survey, researchers ask regular ecstasy users about their sexual health, including whether they get tested for sexual transmitted infections (STIs), what STIs (if any) they have, and if they have sex under the influence of drugs.
Our colleagues at the Burnett Institute put together the last five years of data (2007 – 2012). There were some interesting findings:
Yesterday we profiled the behaviours of regular ecstasy users in Australia in 2012. Today we take a look at a related survey, the 2012 Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS), which canvassed 924 injecting drug users about their drug use in the six months prior to interview.
Here's what they told us:
NDARC’s finding that prescription opioids were responsible for more than double the number of accidental overdose deaths than heroin in 2008 hit the headlines with a bang this week.
Ecstasy appears to be making a comeback among Australia's regular drug users according to preliminary findings from the 2012 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS).
The annual survey revealed:
The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre welcomes scholarly, rigorous debate on the matter of drug law reform in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald's 21 May cover story (‘Two thirds opposed to easing of drug laws’) engages with this very topic.