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2013 National Drug Trends Conference

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Date Published:
14 Oct 2013
Contact person:
Carla Santos (c.santos@unsw.edu.au)
Event date: 
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

‘Highs and lows of contemporary drugs in Australia: Emerging Psychoactive Substances, pharmaceutical opioids and other drugs’

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 2013 findings. 

We are also delighted to announce that there will be presentations from a number of distinguished international and local guest speakers, including Mr Paul Griffiths (EMCDDA), Dr Chris Wilkins (SHORE, Massey University, NZ), Prof Wayne Hall (UQ), Prof Paul Dietze (Burnet Institute), Dr Megan Lim (Burnet Institute), Ms Joanne Gerstner-Stevens (VICPOL), Ms Jenny Pavlou (VICPOL), Dr Raimondo Bruno (UTAS) and Mr Joe Van Buskirk (NDARC).

Talks will include:


What is Drug Trends?

2013 Illicit Drug Reporting System - National key findings

2013 Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System – National key findings

International guest speakers

Mr Paul Griffiths                               European monitoring on Emerging Psychoactive Substances

Dr Chris Wilkins                               New Psychoactive Substances legislation in New Zealand 

Local guest speakers

Dr Raimondo Bruno                            Real Time Monitoring Opioids

Prof. Paul Dietze                                Naloxone trial

Ms Joanne Gerstner-Stevens               Drug analysis of seizures in Victoria

Prof. Wayne Hall                                Smoking among people who use drugs

Dr Megan Lim                                     Drug use and other risky behaviours in young people

Mr Joe Van Buskirk                             Silk Road and internet monitoring

Ms Jenny Pavlou                                  Drugs: problems and policing responses

View the conference program.

The IDRS and EDRS are funded by the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund.

Open to: 
Those interested in or engaged with monitoring drug trends and their consequences.
State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre: Entry 3, located at 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Registration $240.00; Student $200.00
Booking deadline: 
Monday, 14 October 2013 - 9am
Contact for bookings: 
Registrations are now closed.
Contact for inquiries: 
Carla Santos (c.santos@unsw.edu.au)