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Alcohol & other drugs stigma

We are leading research into reducing stigma and discrimination associated with alcohol and other drugs in Queensland.

Stigma and discrimination for those living with problematic alcohol and other drug use can reduce a person’s willingness to seek help and also presents a barrier to effective service delivery and recovery.

The World Health Organisation indicates illicit drug dependence is the most stigmatised health condition in the world, with alcohol dependence ranking fourth.

The Commission is leading an action of the Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Plan 2015–17 to research effective ways of reducing stigma and discrimination which have a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing.

The Drug Policy Modelling Project, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales has been awarded a contract by the Commission to undertake this work.

Work commenced in 2015-16 and is due for completion in 2017.