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Characteristics and circumstances of death related to new psychoactive stimulants and hallucinogens in Australia

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Project Members: 
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Director
Ph EA Tori Barnes: 02 9385 0292 / t.barnes@unsw.edu.au
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Senior Lecturer
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Senior Research Fellow (UNSW)
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Project Main Description: 

Retrospective study of all cases in Australia in which new psychoactive stimulants or hallucinogen use was a mechanism contributory to death.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Professor Johan Duflou
University of Sydney

Rationale: 

Increasing concerns regarding the harms of new psychoactive substances.

Aims: 

The study aimed to:

  1. Determine the characteristics, and circumstances of death, of all recorded cases of new psychoactive stimulant and hallucinogen-related death in Australia;
  2. Determine the toxicology of such deaths; and
  3. Determine the major organ pathology of cases.
Design and Method: 

Case series.

Progress/Update: 

Completed 2019.

Output: 

Darke,S.,  Duflou, J., Peacock, A., Farrell, M. & Lappin, J. (In press) Characteristics and circumstances of death related to new psychoactive stimulants and hallucinogens in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871619303333)

Benefits: 

This paper presents the first national clinical profile of death related to the use of NPS stimulants/hallucinogens.

Project Research Area: 
Drug Type: 
Project Status: 
Completed
Year Completed: 
2019