Identifying the social costs of methamphetamine

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Date Commenced:
08/2015
Expected Date of Completion:
06/2017
Project Supporters:

Australian Government Department of Health

Project Members: 
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Director
Ph EA Jemma Sale: 02 9385 0292 / j.sale@unsw.edu.au
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Senior Research Fellow
Ph 02 9385 0333
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Conjoint Senior Lecturer
Ph 9385 0279
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Director, Drug Policy Modelling Program
Ph 02 9385 0236
Project Main Description: 

The overarching objective of this project is to produce as comprehensive as possible an estimate of the costs of methamphetamine use to Australian society. The intention is also to develop an approach that could be applied in a consistent manner to other drugs in the future.

Project Collaborators: External: 

This project is being led by Professor Steve Allsop
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Associate Professor Anna Ferrante
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Professor Dennis Gray
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Dr Wenbin Liang
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Professor Simon Lenton
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Dr Robert Tait
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Associate Professor Ted Wilkes
National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Associate Professor Steve Whetton
South Australian Centre for Economic Studies, University of Adelaide

Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin
Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University

Aims: 

To undertake this research into the social costs of methamphetamine to Australia.

Design and Method: 

Costs and burdens related to methamphetamine will be collected from a wide range of sources maintaining consistency were feasible.  Costs related to the impact of methamphetamine related to health care, criminal justice and productivity will be included. 

Progress/Update: 

Data collection and analysis is underway. 

Benefits: 

An estimate of the annual social costs related to methamphetamine will be obtained, providing government with a benchmark value.  

Project Research Area: 
Project Status: 
Current