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NDARC is regularly approached by media outlets to provide an evidence-based perspective on drug and alcohol issues. In addition, NDARC researchers disseminate key findings to the general public via the media.

Below is a selection of recent media coverage.

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Risky drinking hot spot (9/5/17)
Southern Courier
NDARC’s Professor Maree Teesson discusses data from The Australian Health Policy Collaboration that shows residents of the eastern beaches are drinking at a higher rate than their NSW counterparts.

Pill-testing works. Not using it is killing our young people (26/4/17)
Crikey
NDARC’s Dr Monica Barratt discusses pill testing.

Ice crisis costly for hospitals (13/3/17)
Geelong Advertiser
Research by Curtin University, NDARC, the University of Newcastle, and Melbourne’s Turning Point, highlights the significant strain methamphetamine is putting on acute medical and psychiatric services. 

The pills that kill (15/1/2017)
Sunday Mail Brisbane
Statistics by NDARC have become invaluable insights into how an often-misunderstood element operates in our society.

Grave fears for users over wave of toxic party drugs (15/1/2017)
Sunday Telegraph
NDARC data confirms supercharged psychostimulants may be laced with potentially lethal contaminants.

Good example by parents can break binge-drink culture (12/1/2017)
West Australian
NDARC study supports view that young people are now less likely to binge drink than they ever have been before.

Teens’ booze habits tracked (7/1/2016)
Launceston Examiner
NDARC data finds teenagers whose parents buy them booze are less likely to binge drink than those who acquire alcohol from elsewhere.

Drug users swap stories, share warnings online in search for safety (16/11/2016)
Sydney Morning Herald
NDARC's Monica Barratt talks harm reduction website Bluelight where drug users can share stories.

Codeine dependent consume a pack a day (2/11/2016)
AAP Newswire
Suzanne Nielsen from NDARC explains why codeine dependence is a hidden problem.

'Liking' alcohol linked to risky drinking (1/11/2016)
AAP Newswire
NDARC's Alexandra Aiken warns of the high number of underage teens at harm from binge drinking.

DOC, I NEED A PEC-ME-UP (26/10/2016)    
Daily Telegraph
NDARC’s Briony Larance speaks on harms associated with steroid use.

Men and women drinking the same (25/10/2016)    
Sydney Morning Herald
Tim Slade reveals women are now on par with men when it comes to alcohol consumption and associated harms.

Harmful drinking affects women too: study (25/10/2016)
AAP Newswire
Tim Slade talks about NDARC’s global study on drinking habits of men and women.

Teens bingeing at home (24/10/2016)
Daily Telegraph 
NDARC study finds binge-drinking Aussie girls down 14 drinks a session.

Fighting to break the ice in Armidale (19/10/2016)
Armidale Express
NDARC’s Annie Bleeker talks about the Breaking the Ice Program.

Ayahuasca the drug that tormented Cy Walsh (9/10/2016)    
Sunday Mail Adelaide
Joe Van Buskirk from NDARC sheds light on the hallucinogen ayahuasca.

Call to trial different pill testing models to broach political impasse (17/09/2016)
The Age
Monica Barratt from NDARC says several different pill testing models could be trialled around Australia that could help find the best way to cut consumption and save lives in Australia, without alienating either side of the political debate.

Ecstasy makes a comeback in Australia (12/09/2016)
AAP
Findings from the 2016 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report, released at the NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

Reformulated OxyContin sees lowered injection rates (12/09/2016)
AJP
Dr Briony Larance reveals findings from the National Opioid Medications Abuse Deterrence (NOMAD) study, specifically oxycodone injections since PBS listing of Reformulated OxyContin on 1 April 2014.

Drug policy change (11/08/2016)
Pharmacy Daily
NDARC’s Dr Caitlin Hughes says decriminalising personal drug use and possession in Australia would lead to significant public health benefits.

BackTrack project saving kids from lock-up (3/8/16)
The Australian
A community project helping at-risk youth, featuring Bernie Shakeshaft.

How did we get into this fix? (2/8/16)
Medical Observer
NDARC's Suzanne Nielsen comments on twelve-hour OxyContin and the opioid-addiction predicament.

Hepatitis in prison alert (16/07/2016)
Daily Telegraph
NDARC’s Kate Dolan warns that the jailing of drug users could lead to an explosion of hepatitis.

Heat on ice (13/07/2016)
Hobart Mercury
NDARC report finds the number of people arrested for using or dealing in methamphetamines has spiked by more than 400 per cent in Tasmania in just one year following a police blitz.

State Coroner issues warning about deadly batch of heroin circulating in Sydney (7/6/2016)
The Sydney Morning Herald
A report about a rise in recent heroin overdose deaths, thought to be caused by a 'deadly batch' of the drug circulating in Sydney.

How the standard drink was defined, and why some people ignore it (14/5/2016)
The Weekend Australian
A report on alcohol drinking guidelines, with comments by NDARC Director, Professor Michael Farrell.

Offering Kids a Taste of Alcohol (25/4/2016)
The New York Times
This feature explores the implications of parents offering their children small amounts of alcohol and reviews related research, including findings from NDARC's Parental Supply of Alcohol study. Dr Monika Wadolowski provides some comment. 

'It's almost like a trick at first': Young Australians lead a surge in serious ice use (29/2/2016)
The Syndey Morning Herald
A feature about the devastating effects of methamphetamine, following NDARC research findings that the use of the drug has risen, especially among young people.

Police follow trail of synthetic cannabis linked to death of Dean Shield (1/2/2016)
The Sydney Morning Herald
Professor Jan Copeland talks about the risks of synthetic cannabis following the death of a young man in the Hunter region.

FebFast? Forget it. Expert says a month off the booze could do more harm than good (15/1/16)
The Sydney Morning Herald
In this article about the benefits and potential risks of abstinence campaigns like FebFast and Dry July, Prof Anthony Shakeshaft calls for more scientific evidence about their effectiveness.

Dark net drug marketplaces begin to emulate organised street crime
The Sydney Morning Herald
In this feature on 'dark net' marketplaces, NDARC researcher Joe Van Buskirk talk about how these marketplaces operate, what substances are available and the increasing occurrence of so-called exit scams and other fraud.

NSW government threatens to shut down music festivals after spate of drug overdoses (4/1/2016)
The Guardian
Drug overdoses at music festival Field Day have sparked new discussions about harm reduction at music festivals and similar events. Dr Monica Barratt comments on the practice of pill testing which is used in several European countries.

New wave of synthetic drugs heightens need for pill testing, says leading researcher (4/1/2016)
The Sydney Morning Herald
Dr Monica Barratt outlines the potential benefits of pill testing as seen in some European countries, including harm reduction and the availability of data on drug use patterns and new drugs on the market.

'I was frothing at the mouth and looked like a corpse': Teen, 18, reveals how he 'almost killed himself' by 'smashing 15 drinks in two hours' (3/1/2016)
Daily Mail Australia
Professor Michael Farrell comments on this story about a teenager’s dangerous alcohol poisoning, saying that alcohol poisoning is still one of the most common reasons for young Australian teens to present at hospitals, with admissions from alcohol related illnesses far outstripping that of illicit drugs.

 

RADIO

Federal budget 2017: Centrelink accused of plan to 'profile' vulnerable drug users in welfare crackdown (10/5/17)
ABC Radio Australia
NDARC Director Michael Farrell comments on the Federal Budget trial which will see Centrelink recipients randomly tested for illegal drugs. 

Experts warn 800 people a year die from pain killer overdoses (13/4/17)
ABC Radio
NDARC’s Dr Suzanne Neilsen discusses a rise in the number of overdoses from prescription pain killers. 

Interview with Prof Richard Mattick on theory that parents who let their children familiarise themselves with healthy drinking habits destigmatise alcohol (16/1/2017)
ABC Radio
NDARC study suggests children and teens who are given alcohol by their parents are in fact much more likely to be drinking alcohol at an early age.

Interview with Prof Richard Mattick on parental supply of alcohol study (11/1/2017)
2GB
NDARC research shows young people are three times more likely to binge drink by the age of 15 if exposed to alcohol by people other than their parents.

Interview with Professor Alison Ritter: Pill testing at festivals (9/1/2017)
ABC Radio
Professor Ritter says a strong evaluation of the pill testing program should be done.

Teenagers who were given alcohol by their parents when they were younger are less likely to binge drink (5/1/2017)
Triple J
NDARC research looks at the European model wherein children are offered sips of alcohol by their parents from a young age.

A two-year investigation into alcohol-related injuries in Aboriginal communities (28/11/2016)
ABC Radio
NDARC’s Mieke Snijder interviewed about support programs in three towns including Lake Cargelligo.

Australian drug research has renewed calls for pill testing (29/10/2016)
4BC Brisbane
NDARC's Monica Barratt says recent overdoses on the Gold Coast support the push for pill testing.

A new study by NDARC has found that women are catching up to men in terms of alcohol consumption (25/10/2016)
Triple J, Sydney
Professor Tim Slade reveals that women born after 1981 may be drinking at higher rates and in more harmful ways than their male counterparts.

Interview with Dr Tim Slade, NDARC, says women in certain age groups are drinking as much alcohol as men (25/10/2016)
ABC NewsRadio
Women are exposing themselves to the harms of drinking, according to new NDARC research led by Tim Slade.

Interview with senior lecturer Lexine Stapinski on teens and drugs (17/10/2016)
ABC Gold Coast Radio
Lexine Stapinski manages a project to develop and disseminate drug prevention resources for Australian teachers, parents and students.

Interview with Prof Michael Farrell on spate of drug overdoses on Gold Coast (17/10/2016)
ABC NewsRadio
Michael Farrell sheds light on drug associated with the hospitalisation of 16 people on the Gold Coast.

Interview with Prof Louisa Degenhardt on the Global Burden of Disease study (7/10/2016)
ABC NewsRadio
Louisa Degenhardt discusses new research that shows a 32 per cent rise of deaths related to drug use in the 10 years to 2015.

Interview with Nicola Newton on how teenage children develop addictions to drugs and alcohol (7/10/2016)
Radio National
Nicola Newton reveals there are four main personality types that make a person more likely to develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol

Young adults continuing to drink alcohol at risky levels: new report (7/10/2016)
Radio National
Maree Teesson reveals that people aged between 18 and 24 are continuing to drink alcohol at risky levels

New research has found more than one-third of emergency patients across Queensland have a drug or alcohol problem (30/09/2016)
4BC
Kerryn Butler says people with drug and alcohol problems presenting at hospital require intervention.

Interview with Doctor Monica Barratt about University of Melbourne drug testing kits (21/09/2016)
Radio National
Monica Barratt talks about new program amid ongoing debate about the legalisation of pill testing.

Interview with Amanda Roxburgh, talks about how NDARC determines trends in drug usage (19/09/2016)
891 ABC Adelaide
Amanda Roxburgh discusses NDARC’s Drug Trends program.

A two-year investigation into alcohol-related injuries in local Aboriginal communities (13/09/2016)
ABC Riverina
NDARC’s Mieke Snijder talks about research that suggests diversion programs at the end of the week can help at risk drinkers stay out of harms way.

Experts are aiming to combat a cycle affecting patients suffering from mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse (12/09/2016)
6PR Perth
NDARC's Katherine Mills comments on recently released Comorbidity Guidelines (Second Edition).

Spike in ecstasy purity sees rise in popularity (12/09/2019)
ABC [AM]
Interview with NDARC Director Michael Farrell, who warns that the drug ecstasy is making a comeback in Australia on the day of NDARC's Annual Research Symposium.

Ecstasy use and purity on the up (12/09/2016)
Triple J - Hack
Amanda Roxburgh comments on the 2016 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report, which found there are more ecstasy users and they're taking a higher quality drug more often.

Experts want drug testing at ACT festivals, but both major parties are reluctant (31/08/2016)
2CC
Alison Ritter makes a case for drug checking at festivals.

Pre-recorded interview with Dr Monica Barratt on the increase of synthetically-produced drugs (30/08/2016)
Radio Adelaide
Monica Barratt sheds light on trends in synthetic drug use and online purchasing.

Interview with Professor Alison Ritter on pill testing (30/08/2016)
2CC
Alison Ritter discusses the benefits of pill testing to reduce harms associated with drug use.

Interview with Professor Alison Ritter about facilitating the NSW Cross-Party Harm Minimisation Roundtable (11/08/2016)
702 ABC Sydney
Alison Ritter, Director of Drug Policy Modelling, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at NDARC, talks about the issues surrounding treating drug use as a health problem rather than a criminal justice problem.

Interview with Dr Caitlin Hughes about the report that promotes decriminalisation (10/08/2016)
6PR
Caitlin Hughes discusses NDARC authored briefing note ahead of NSW Cross-Party Harm Minimisation Roundtable

Drug use in prison: breaking the cycle (15/07/2016)
Radio National, Life Matters
Kate Dolan of NDARC comments on a report that has found infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B and C are being incubated within Australian prisons, especially by incarcerated drug users.

Over the counter opiates - should we make them harder to get? (05/07/2016)
ABC Life Matters
Dr Suzanne Nielsen spoke to ABC Life Matters about the harms associated with codeine.

Powerful drug Naloxone not used as much as medical experts expect (20/6/2016)
ABC The World Today
Dr Suzanne Nielsen spoke to ABC The World Today for a feature about the over-the-counter availability of naloxone and barriers to access among drug users.

Use of the drug that killed Prince appears to be on the rise (3/6/2016)
ABC NewsRadio
Following the news of pop icon Prince's fentanyl overdose death, Professor Michael Farrell gives some background about the drug, for which we have seen a rise in overdose deaths in recent years.

Researchers look at impact of parents supplying alcohol to teens (26/4/2016)
ABC Radio AM
Lindy Kerin speaks to Dr Monika Wadolowski about new findings from NDARC's Parental Supply of Alcohol Study which is trying to determine  whether a parent supplying alcohol will affect the way young people consume alcohol in the future.

International Narcotics Control Board urges legislators to put more emphasis on health and welfare (3/3/2016)
ABC RN Breakfast
Professor Richard Mattick speaks to Fran Kelly about the recently released annual report by the UN's International Narcotics Control Board.

Methamphetamine use on the rise, research suggests (29/2/2016)
ABC The World Today
Dr Sarah Larney comments on this story about new NDARC research that reveals an increase in regular and dependent methamphetamine use in Australia.

Wollongong man refused bail on synthetic cannabis supply charges (12/2/2016)
ABC Illawarra
Professor Michael Farrell comments on synthetic cannabis in this story about an Wollongong man facing charges of supplying the drug.

How rapper 360 survived his secret codeine addiction and got clean (18/1/16)
Triple J Hack
In a feature about rapper 360's codeine addiction, Dr Suzanne Nielsen comments that pharmacists are not trained to intervene or provide advice on therapy.

Australian rapper blames easy availability of codeine-based drugs for painkiller addiction (11/1/2016)
ABC Radio AM
Dr Suzanne Nielsen comments on the availability of prescription free codeine products in Australia, following reports of rapper 360's struggle with codeine dependence.

 

ONLINE

Australia should stop beefing up its steroid laws – that won’t help users (16/5/17)
The Conversation
Opinion piece by NDARC Research Fellow, Katinka van de Ven and University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Renee Zahnow.

800 Australians die per year from prescription drug overdoses, experts say (13/4/2017)
ABC Radio Australia
NDARC’s Dr Suzanne Neilsen discusses a rise in the number of overdoses from prescription pain killers. 

'I took 90 Nurofen Plus tablets a day - until it almost killed me' (21/3/17)
Kidspot
NDARC’s Lucinda Burns discusses prescription drug addiction and the support needed for dependent mothers. 

Faster medical cannabis access in Australia - Expert Reaction (22/2/17)
Science Media Centre
NDARC’s Delyse Hutchinson provides opinion on the Australian Government’s changes to access to medicinal marijuana. 

Melbourne overdoses 'could have been avoided' if drug testing was available (21/2/17)
The Guardian
NDARC’s Monica Barratt discusses GHB following a spate of overdoses in Victoria.

Alcoholics brew their own beer at Hamilton addictions program (19/1/2017)
CBC
NDARC's Kate Dolan talking about managed alcohol programs.

Three dead after overdosing on 'bad batch' of ecstasy in Melbourne, court told (16/1/2017)
The Guardian
NDARC’s Alison Ritter calls for pill testing in wake of MDMA overdoses in Melbourne.

FactCheck: it’s true – Western Australia has the nation’s highest rate of methamphetamine use (14/1/17)
The Conversation
NDARC’s Courtney Breen and Amanda Roxburgh review the claim that Western Australia has the highest rate of methamphetamine use in Australia.

Pills that kill: ‘Mystery’ party drug alert (14/1/2017)
Courier Mail
NDARC research informs police response to new wave of supercharged psychostimulants laced with lethal contaminants.

Give an alcoholic an hourly drink: Why a controversial Canadian program is catching attention in Australia (9/1/2017)
The Fifth Estate
Australia must consider managed alcohol programs to help treat addiction, comments NDARC’s Kate Dolan

Children given alcohol by parents less likely to binge than those who get alcohol from other sources (5/1/2017)
SMH
NDARC’s Richard Mattick discusses a parental supply of alcohol study.

Schoolies 2016 ‘likely to be worst yet’ as dangerous drugs flood the Gold Coast (8/11/2016)
Courier Mail
NDARC's Monica Barratt says there is evidence of a shift towards high-purity forms of ecstasy crystals entering the market ahead of Schoolies week.

Harmful drinking affects women too: study (25/10/2016)
The Australian
Tim Slade reveals women are now on par with men when it comes to alcohol consumption and associated harms.

Women now drink as much alcohol as men, global study finds (25/10/2016)
The Guardian
NDARC’s Tim Slade reveals women are now on par with men when it comes to alcohol consumption and associated harms.

Gym junkies dupe docs with sex stories (25/10/2016)
The Courier-Mail
Briony Larance sheds light on harms of steroid use.                                                        

‘N-bomb’ caused Gold Coast panic (21/10/2016)
The Courier-Mail
NDARC’s Monica Barratt explains N-BOMe, the drug responsible for a spate of Gold Coast overdoses.

As death toll rises, Duterte deploys dubious data in ‘war on drugs’ (18/10/2016)
Reuters
NDARC’s Alison Ritter condemns Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug policy.

16 Hospitalised over weekend as Gold Coast hit by spate of overdoses (17/10/2016)
ABC NewsRadio               
NDARC Director Michael Farrell comments on synthetic drugs assumed to be responsible for overdoses in Queensland.

Drugs impact on EDs (9/10/2016)
Pharmacy Daily
NDARC’s Kerryn Butler unveils new research that finds one third of emergency patients need help with drug and alcohol problems.

Cy: A troubled free spirit who succumbed to his demons (8/10/2016)
The Courier-Mail
Joe Van Buskirk from NDARC sheds light on the hallucinogen ayahuasca.

Binge drinking still a problem among young Australians, experts call for more education on risks (7/10/2016)
ABC News
NDARC’s Maree Teesson comments on a national report into risky drinking by young people.

Pharmaceutical lobby groups may delay codeine ruling (2/10/2016)
The Age
NDARC data on codeine-related deaths in Australia.                                       

Naloxone – a case for co-prescribing (21/09/2016)
The Medical Republic
NDARC's Suzanne Nielsen makes a case for co-prescribing naloxone.

Crystal ecstasy is on the rise among young Australians (12/09/2016)
news.com.au
Amanda Roxburgh comments on the findings of the 2016 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report, which shows a rise in high-purity crystal ecstasy use.

Increased calls for pill-testing in Australia (12/09/2016)
Sky News
Dr Monica Barratt from NDARC says users don't know what is in the ecstasy pills they're taking and a lack of quality control can result in death.

Crystal Ecstasy Is Stronger, More Pure And Dangerously Popular (12/09/2016)
The Huffington Post
Amanda Roxburgh comments on the 2016 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report, which found four in 10 users binged on ecstasy for multiple days without sleep.

Ecstasy, ice becoming the drug of choice in SA (12/09/2016)
The Daily Telegraph
The 2016 findings of the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report, with comment from NDARC's Monica Barratt, who says rise in ecstasy use in SA warrants an Australian pill testing trial.

Decriminalisation of drug use a sound and pragmatic public health policy (11/08/2016)
Medical Xpress
NDARC’s Dr Caitlin Hughes comments on drug policy ahead of the NSW Cross Party Harm Minimisation Summit in August.

Fentanyl: The terrifying synthetic drug killing users in record numbers overseas (06/08/2016)
news.com.au
NDARC’s Amanda Roxburgh warns against using Fentanyl as “first port of call” for pain relief.

Prisons need better drug treatment programs to control infectious diseases (15/07/2016)
The Conversation
Kate Dolan from NDARC urges a rethink of drug treatment in prisons to prevent outbreak of HIV and hepatitis.

Inside the world of drug users who mess with unregulated research chemicals in Alberta (24/06/2016)
Calgary Herald
NDARC’s Monica Barratt discusses “psychonauts” experimenting with unregulated research chemicals.

Former cannabis user is pushing the public to start a conversation around cannabis use (19/06/2016)
The Daily Telegraph
Jan Copeland, director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, comments on heavy cannabis use and addiction.

During the week they’re normal suburban parents but on the weekend they take cocaine (18/6/2016)
Mamania
A feature about cocaine use among middle-aged, middle-class people.

Fentanyl: Drug which killed Prince, and used by thousands of Australians, could be behind dozens of deaths across NSW (9/6/2016)
The Daily Telegraph
A report about the risks of the powerful opioid fentanyl, with comments by Professor Michael Farrell.

Rye Hunt took powerful psychedelic drug NBOMe before he disappeared, family believes (7/6/2016)
ABC Triple J Online
The Australian missing in Brazil is thought to have taken the potent hallucinogenic drug NBOMe prior to his disappearance. Dr Monica Barratt explains where the drug comes from and what risks it poses to the user. 

What if Australia Decriminalised All Drugs? (7/3/2016)
Vice
A report about the Parliamentary Drug Summit held last week, with comments from Dr Caitlin Hughes from the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP).

Asia-Pacific's poor dying in pain from lack of infrastructure: UN report (3/3/2016)
Asia Pacific Daily
Professor Richard Mattick comments on the annual report of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board which highlights an imbalance in access to opioid pain medication across the world.

Australia’s recreational drug policies aren’t working, so what are the options for reform? (2/3/2016)
The Conversation
NDARC Professor Alison Ritter and Associate Professor Nicole Lee from Curtin University discuss different options for drug law reform in Australia.

Regular methamphetamine use has soared in past five years: drug report (29/2/2016)
The Guardian Australia
Professor Louisa Degenhardt comments on this story about new NDARC research that found a rise in methamphetamine users in Australia.

Some 268,000 Aussies regularly use ice: researchers (29/2/2016)
SBS News Online
A story about new NDARC research that shows the use of methamphetamine has seen a significant rise over the past five years.

Hunter Valley teenager's death prompts police to issue synthetic drugs warning (1/2/2016)
ABC News Online
NDARC Professor Richard Mattick and Professor Jan Copeland from NCPIC provide background on synthetic cannabis, following the death of a young man on the weekend.

Thai Rehab Tourism Doubles As Australian Centres Are Slammed By Ice Epidemic (30/1/2016)
The Huffington Post Australia
Professor Alison Ritter comments on reports that Thai Rehabilitation Centres have seen an increase in patients from Australia treated for methamphetamine dependence.

Rapper 360's codeine addiction admission prompts calls for stricter regulations on over-the-counter medications (11/1/2016)
ABC News Online
Dr Suzanne Nielsen comments on the availability of prescription free codeine products in Australia, following reports of rapper 360's struggle with codeine dependence.

 

TELEVISION

The Federal Budget has included the trial to randomly test Centrelink recipients for illegal drugs (10/5/17)
ABC News
NDARC Director Michael Farrell comments on the Federal Budget trial which will see Centrelink recipients randomly tested for illegal drugs. 

Frightening impact of drug that turns users into 'the walking dead' (13/4/2017)
Seven News
NDARC Director Michael Farrell comments on the effects of the synthetic cannabis known as ‘Spice’.

NDARC study on European model of allowing teenagers the occasional sip of alcohol at home (6/1/2017)
ABC News 24
NDARC data reveals parental supply of alcohol at a young age makes children more likely to drink full serves by the time they hit 16.

Police have foiled an international crime syndicate's attempt to sneak an enormous 1.7 million doses of crystal ecstasy into Australia (22/11/2016)
Channel 10
NDARC's Amanda Roxburgh interviewed about crystal ecstasy trends.

$60m of MDMA has been seized by the AFP and Australian Border Force (22/11/2016)
Channel 10
NDARC's Amanda Roxburgh says higher-purity MDMA increases the risk of adverse effects.

Police have foiled an attempt to sneak an enormous 1.7 million doses of crystal ecstasy into Australia (22/11/2016)
Channel 10
NDARC senior research officer Amanda Roxburgh speaks about the adverse effects of crystal MDMA after 500kg of the drug were seized by police in Sydney.

Authorities warn this year's Schoolies on the Gold Coast could be the worst yet for drug overdoses (8/11/2016)
Channel 9
NDARC data shows MDMA is rising in popularity, follows a mass overdose on the Gold Coast caused by a combination of MDMA and LSD.

Women are catching up to men in terms of alcohol consumption (25/10/2016)  
ABC News 24
Interview with Tim Slade, Associate Professor at NDARC, about research into sex differences in alcohol consumption.

Women are catching up to men when it comes to harmful drinking habits (25/10/2016)
SBS, Sydney
Interview with Tim Slade, Associate Professor at NDARC, about research into alcohol consumption trends.

Researchers back pill testing as ecstasy use rises (12/09/2016)
SBS
Interviews with NDARC Symposium presenters Amanda Roxburgh and Monica Barratt from the 2016 NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

Highlights from the 2016 NDARC Annual Research Symposium (12/09/2016)
ABC News 24
Interview with NDARC Director Michael Farrell on the findings of the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report and other highlights from the 2016 NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

Interview with NDARC Director Michael Farrell (12/09/2016)
Channel 9 - Today
Michael Farrell comments on the findings of the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report and other highlights from the 2016 NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

Ecstasy use sky high with young Australians (12/09/2016)
Ten News
Findings from the 2016 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) report, unveiled at the NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

Australian Drug Haul (16/2/2016)
Central ChinaTelevision Network (CCTV) 
Professor Michael Farrell provides background and comment on the news of a major methamphetamine seizure in Sydney.

Warning on synthetic drugs after NSW teenager's death (1/2/2016)
SBS News
Professor Jan Copeland from NCPIC talks about the dangers of synthetic cannabis following the death of a young man.

Heroin: a new drug epidemic with an old drug (27/1/2016)
ABC 7:30
NDARC Director Michael Farrell comments on this story reporting an increase in heroin use and related overdoses seem in recent months.

Dark web drug marketplaces (19/1/2016)
Channel Ten, The Project
NDARC researcher Joe Van Buskirk in this feature on 'dark web' drug marketplaces and challenges for law enforcement.