Saving lives with naloxone: Recommendations for policy and practice

The term ‘take-home naloxone’ refers to a variety of life-saving initiatives in which a medication (naloxone) is made available to non-medically trained people for administration to others experiencing an opioid overdose. Despite a range of efforts to expand these initiatives over the last decade, the uptake of take-home naloxone in Australia remains inconsistent.  This month…

New handbook chapter: The politics of ‘intoxication’

In 2019 the DruGS team completed work on two large Australian Research Council-funded qualitative projects, one on opioid overdose and take-home naloxone, and the other on performance and image enhancing drugs and hepatitis C. In an invited chapter for the forthcoming Handbook on Intoxicants and Intoxication edited by Tamar Antin, Vibeke Frank and Geoffrey Hunt,…

Now recruiting: Hepatitis C treatment study

This year we began an exciting new project on people’s experiences of hepatitis C, treatment and post-treatment life in this new age in which hepatitis C elimination seems possible. This project will generate new knowledge on impediments to hepatitis C treatment uptake and a publicly accessible website presenting personal experiences of treatment, decision-making about treatment,…

New articles: Stigma and healthcare access for people who consume drugs

In 2019 the DruGS team completed work on a qualitative interview-based research project on stigma, conducted with South Western Sydney Drug Health Services. Two journal articles were written from the project and have now been published. The first article was recently accepted for publication in Sociology of Health and Illness. Entitled ‘Exclusion and hospitality: The…

Webinar: Sex, intimacy and technology during COVID-19

In June DruGS Program Lead Professor Suzanne Fraser took part in a webinar entitled Love from a distance: Sex, intimacy and technology. Hosted by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University, the webinar explored the role of new technologies in shaping sexuality and intimacy, issues that have been…

DruGS team hosts Qualitative Methods Journal Club

In mid-2019, the SSAC team (now the DruGS team) was invited to host the Qualitative Methods Journal Club of the Society for the Study of Addiction. The club provides a forum for qualitative alcohol and other drug researchers and students to share knowledge, discuss methodological issues and promote high quality qualitative research. As a qualitative…

New study: Hepatitis C treatment in the age of elimination

A team of researchers led by DruGS Program Leader Professor Suzanne Fraser will begin work this month on a new project investigating impediments to hepatitis C treatment uptake, including the role of stigma, in an era focussed on elimination. Entitled ‘Lived experiences of treatment for hepatitis C in Australia: An online resource for people considering treatment,…

Final report published: Lived experiences of stigma and discrimination

The DruGS team’s newly published report finds stigma is an important impediment to healthcare access for people exiting inpatient withdrawal management services. You can find a copy of the report here Final report: Lived experiences of stigma and discrimination among people accessing South Western Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Services presents findings from interviews…

People who consume drugs saving lives: Project findings

What is an opioid overdose? How do people manage and respond to them? What is take-home naloxone? What is it like to respond to overdoses with and without naloxone? A ground breaking new website sheds light on the stories of people affected by overdose and explores the different ways people who consume drugs manage overdose.…