Ad­dic­tion re­search gets boost

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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