Alcohol and Other Drugs

According to the World Health Organization alcohol is the world’s third largest risk factor for disease burden, the leading risk factor in the Western Pacific and the second largest in Europe.

Up to 5.7 percent of the world’s population aged 15 to 64 years use drugs including cannabis, amphetamines, cocaine, opioids and non-prescribed psychoactive prescription medication, with cannabis the most commonly used.

The use of alcohol and other drugs can cause significant health and social problems and can have a major impact on the user’s family and community.

Burnet is committed to addressing the health affects of alcohol and other drug use through the application of behavioural and clinical research, treatment practice and community-based harm reduction programs based on sound evidence.

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