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.
Professor Alison Ritter is a leading drug policy researcher and Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2012 to 2016) leading a collaborative, multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. Trevor King has worked in the drug and alcohol sector since 1980. Over this time he has held senior positions in the government and non-government sectors. Professor Margaret Hamilton has spent thirty five years in alcohol & other drug sector working in clinical work, education, research, policy development and advice. She is currently serving a third term as an Executive member of the Australian National Council on Drugs.