Caitlin Hughes


The relationship between drug price and purity and population level harm

This rapid review examines the relationship between price, purity and seven population level measures of drug-related harm and any differences across three drug types.

Australian music festival attendees who seek emergency medical treatment following alcohol and other drug use

Between September 2018 and January 2019, five young people died after attending music festivals in NSW. While there has been much policy deliberation surrounding these events, these tragedies have highlighted a lack of current and localised information about the circumstances surrounding acute harm events following...

Police diversion for cannabis offences: assessing outcomes and cost-effectiveness

This study supports previous findings that diversion for minor cannabis offences can save money and lead to better social consequences.

Australian threshold quantities for ‘drug trafficking’: are they placing drug users at risk of unjustified sanction?

This study uses data on patterns of drug user consumption and purchasing to evaluate Australian legal threshold quantities to see whether Australian drug users are at risk of exceeding the thresholds for personal use alone. Introduction Drug trafficking in Australia is deemed a very serious...

Australian (illicit) drug policy timeline 1985 - 2012

This paper provides a list of key events, policy and legislative changes that have occurred in Australia between 1985 and September 2012. Events are listed by jurisdiction, at the national and state/territory level. All events added in the last six months are highlighted in blue...