Addiction research gets boost
A new research centre will be ‘‘keeping an eye’’ on the outcomes of the Psychoactive Substances Act.
The Centre for Addiction Research is being launched today at the University of Auckland.
The centre will undertake research into the harmful use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco and gambling and covers health policy, social research and clinical research.
Centre director Janie Sheridan says although there are a number of drug and alcohol research centres in the country, the new centre takes a more broad spectrum approach.
‘‘Our research team includes people with backgrounds in medicine, pharmacy, pharmacology, nursing, public health, sociology and law,’’ she says.
The associate professor says the centre will be keeping an eye on developments emerging from the Psychoactive Substances Act from a policy research perspective.
‘‘This law is unique internationally. It makes these substances illegal, but gives the ‘industry’ here an opportunity to show that its products have a low risk of causing harm, and potentially gain approval for their sale,’’ she says.
The associate directors working alongside Dr Sheridan are Susanna Galea, Peter Adams, David Newcombe and Natalie Walker.