Drug Use in Australian Society

Author(s): Alison Ritter; Trevor King; Nicole Lee

Non-Fiction

Drug Use and Australian Society provides readers with a broad understanding of the history of drug use in Australian society, outlines theoretical perspectives on drug use and explore public policy responses to drug use. The chapters in Part Two draw on these perspectives and provide case examples to focus on the five pillars of Australian and international drug policy: primary prevention; treatment; harm reduction; laws and regulations; and law enforcement.


New to this Edition 



  • New chapter 5. Images of Drugs in Popular Culture

  • New chapter 9. Drug Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy Treatments

  • Chapter 7. Primary Prevention heavily revised.

  • Discussion Questions expanded – useful for classroom discussion and to help students relate theory to practical situations

  • New case study feature allows students to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.

  • Completely updated with current policy and references

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Alison Ritter – Director, Drug Policy Modelling Program (DRMP), Deputy Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), University of New South Wales 


Trevor King – Director of Programs at UnitingCare ReGen Alcohol and Drug Service  Nicole Lee – Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. Director at 360Edge, a specialist consultancy for service and workforce development in the alcohol and other drug sector  Alison Ritter is the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) and Deputy Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales. Trevor King is the Director of Programs at UnitingCare ReGen Alcohol and Drug Service.


Nicole Lee is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University and director at 360Edge, a specialist consultancy for service and workforce development in the alcohol and other drug sector.

1. Introduction 2. Historical Perspectives on Drug Use and their Possible Implications for the Future 3. Epidemiology: Analysing Patterns of Drug Use and Harms 4. Frameworks for Understanding Drug Use and Societal Responses 5. Images of Drugs in Popular Culture 6. Drugs and the Internet 7. Primary Prevention for Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Australian Adolescents 8. Harm Reduction: Reducing the Harms from Drug Use 9. Drug Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy Treatments 10. Psychosocial Treatments for Drug Problems 11. Drug Laws and Regulations 12. Drug Law Enforcement: Reducing the Supply of Drugs 13. Making Drugs Policy: Policy Models and Influences on Policy Processes

General Fields

  • : 9780190306458
  • : Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
  • : Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
  • : September 2017
  • : 2.079 Centimeters X 17 Centimeters X 24.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 362.290994
  • : 400
  • : Alison Ritter; Trevor King; Nicole Lee
  • : Paperback