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2012 National Drug Trends Conference

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Date Published:
8 Feb 2012
Event date: 
Tuesday, 9 October 2012 - 9:45am to 6:00pm

‘Drugs, crime and the front-line: Australasian perspective’

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The National Drug Trends Conference will present recent findings in illicit drug use, markets and related harms across Australia and internationally. Convened by Australia’s largest drug monitoring systems, the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS), the one day conference will include the first release of the 2012 findings.

We are also delighted to announce there will be presentations from a number of distinguished international and local guest speakers, including Mr Chris Wilkins (SHORE, Massey University, NZ), Dr Malcolm Dobbin (Department of Health, VIC), Dr Marianne Jauncey (Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre), Dr David Bright (UNSW), Mr Peter Bowen (Toxicology Unit, Macquarie Hospital), Claire Rickards (NSW Police), Ms Annie Madden (Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League), Dr Raimondo Bruno (University of Tasmania), Ms Amanda Roxburgh (National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre), and Dr Alex Wodak (St Vincent’s Hospital).

Talks will include:


2012 Illicit Drug Reporting System: National key findings

2012 Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System: National key findings


International guest speaker

Dr Chris Wilkins: Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) in New Zealand


Local guest speakers

Prof Louisa Degenhardt: Overview of drug trends in East and Southeast Asia

Dr David Bright: Criminal Networking

Dr Raimondo Bruno: Wastewater technology

Dr Malcolm Dobbin: Systems to coordinate supply of dangerous medicines

Dr Marianne Jauncey: Yearly trends and front-line issues experienced at the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC)

Dr Alex Wodak: Yearly trends and front-line issues experienced at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Mr Peter Bowron: Current trends in drugs tested at the Toxicology unit

Ms Amanda Roxburgh: Pharmaceutical opioids and Fentanyl

Ms Annie Madden: Consumer perspective from Australia and overseas (Asia)

Ms Claire Rickards: High level organised crime, drug trends of heroin and other opioids

The complete program is attached below.



The IDRS and EDRS are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The Australian National Maritime Museum 2 Murray Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia +61 2 9298 3777
Registration $250.
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