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NEWS BRIEFING: Aussie drug trends - young people shift to purer forms of stimulants, cocaine use highest recorded

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*BRIEFING RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE* A shift towards higher purity types of ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine, and cocaine use at the highest level yet recorded, are among the findings of the latest Drug Trends Reports from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at UNSW Sydney. And psychostimulants are having some worrying effects on the health of young users; one-in-five of 280 fatal strokes among young adults in Australia that happened between 2009-2016 were users. Strokes are rare in the young, but the average age of these psychostimulant users was just 37 years. So how are Australian police dealing with the problem? Research shows that, compared with 25 other countries around the world, Australians are among the most likely to encounter drug detection dogs, but not among the most likely to be stopped and searched. Join us for this online briefing ahead of the 2018 NDARC Annual Research Symposium, to hear from the experts behind the research.

Journal/conference: 2018 NDARC Annual Research Symposium

Organisation/s: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), The University of New South Wales

Media Briefing/Press Conference

From: Australian Science Media Centre

Speakers:

  • Dr Amy Peacock is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow (2016-2019) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney
  • Rachel Sutherland is a Senior Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney
  • Professor Shane Darke is from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney
  • Dr Caitlin Hughes is a criminologist and Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Sydney

Date: Thu 4th Oct 2018
Start Time: 10:00am AEST
Duration: Approx 45 min 
Venue: Online

Attachments:

  • Australian Science Media Centre
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    Link to briefing recording - playback

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