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Characteristics and circumstances of synthetic cannabinoid-related death

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

Retrospective study of all cases in Australia in which synthetic cannabinoid use was a mechanism contributory to death.

Project Collaborators: External: 

Professor Johan Duflou
University of Sydney

Rationale: 

Increasing ccners reagrding harms of synthetic cannabinoid use.

Aims: 

The study aimed to determine:

  1. The characteristics and circumstances of death of all recorded cases of synthetic cannabinoid-related sudden or unnatural death in Australia,
  2. The toxicology of cases, and
  3. Their major organ pathology.
Design and Method: 

Case series.

Progress/Update: 

Completed 2019.

Output: 

Darke,S.,  Duflou, J., Farrell, M., Peacock, A. & Lappin, J. (2019) Characteristics and circumstances of synthetic cannabinoid-related death. (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15563650.2019.1647344)

Benefits: 

This paper presents the first national clinical profile of synthetic cannabinoid-related death.

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