Younger methamphetamine users – those aged below 45 – are at increased risk of a potentially severe and life-changing stroke through their use of the drug, researchers at UNSW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) say.
The rate of accidental deaths due to opioids is increasing and has more than doubled among Australians aged 35 to 44 since 2007 with more than two-thirds of the deaths due to pharmaceutical opioids rather than heroin, a report from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has found.
NDARC’s Dr Christina Marel and the Climate Schools program were recognised at the 2017 Alcohol and other Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards on 16 June 2017.
With a decision on codeine rescheduling imminent, NDARC’s Suzanne Nielsen spoke to ABC Life Matters about codeine dependence and treatment options.
Comprehensive national reports from NDARC’s Drug Trends monitoring system, Australian Drug Trends and Australian Drug Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets, are now available on the NDARC website.
Australia needs to double its investment in alcohol and drug resources to meet unmet treatment needs, according to the authors of an editorial published today in the Medical Journal of Australia.
- There has been a consistent rise in the number of regular and dependent users since 2010
- The number of regular users has almost tripled from 90,000 in 2009/2010 to 268,000 in 2013-2014