Drug Use in Australian Society eBook

Second Edition

Alison Ritter, Trevor King, Nicole Lee

Drug Use in Australian Society eBook

Second Edition

Alison Ritter, Trevor King, Nicole Lee






5 Oct 2017




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Drug Use in Australian Society, second edition, brings together and outlines all the relevant concepts, theories and practices pertinent to understanding alcohol and other drug use in Australian society. It introduces the history of drug use in Australian society, outlines theoretical perspectives and explores public policy responses to drug use. It also has a focus on drug policy in action by exploring responses to prevention, treatment, legal issues, regulation and policing.


  • 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.


  1. Introduction  
    Alison Ritter, Trevor King and Nicole Lee
  2. Historical Perspectives on Drug Use and their Possible Implications for the Future
    Wayne Hall and Adrian Carter
  3. Epidemiology: Analysing Patterns of Drug Use and Harms      
    Paul Dietze, Mark Stoové and Anne-Marie Laslett
  4. Frameworks for Understanding Drug Use and Societal Responses
    Robin Room and Wayne Hall      
  5. Images of Drugs in Popular Culture    
    Amy Pennay and Sarah Maclean
  6. Drugs and the Internet                
    Monica J. Barratt and Simon Lenton
  7. Primary Prevention for Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Australian Adolescents  
    Katrina Champion, Nicola Newton, Louise Birrell and Maree Teesson
  8. Harm Reduction: Reducing the Harms from Drug Use
    Craig Rodgers & Ingrid van Beek
  9. Drug Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy Treatments
    Suzanne Nielsen and Natasa Gisev
  10. Psychosocial Treatments for Drug Problems
    Nicole Lee and Amanda Baker
  11. Drug Laws and Regulations                    
    David McDonald and Caitlin Hughes
  12. Drug Law Enforcement: Reducing the Supply of Drugs
    Lorraine Mazerolle and Jenna Thompson
  13. Making Drugs Policy: Policy Models and Influences on Policy Processes
    Alison Ritter and Kari Lancaster


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