The prevention of substance use, risk and harm in Australia: A review of the evidence

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Dept. of Health and Ageing

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Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Psychology and Social Science / Social Justice Research Centre




Originally published as : Loxley, W., Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (Australia), National Drug Research Institute (Australia), Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, & Centre for Adolescent Health (Vic.). (2004). The prevention of substance use, risk and harm in Australia: A review of the evidence. Canberra: Dept. of Health and Ageing.

ISBN 0642824827


As a contribution to the development of a National Prevention Agenda, the Department of Health and Ageing commissioned a consortium comprising the National Drug Research Institute (Curtin University) and the Centre for Adolescent Health (Melbourne University) to consolidate national and international evidence on best practice in prevention of substance misuse. The researchers examined international and national data, literature and programs that provide evidence of good practice in preventing or delaying the onset of drug use and that address the risk and harm known to be associated with drug use. The resulting monograph is a comprehensive document which outlines patterns of substance use and harm, considers risk and protective factors predictive of harmful drug use and extensively reviews the evidence available on national and international prevention strategies and approaches. The monograph is so extensive that it was decided to also produce a summary of the monograph's research and findings for use be people who require an overview of the findings on research into prevention

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