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‘Worth the test?’ Pragmatism, pill testing and drug policy in Australia

Overview of attention for article published in Harm Reduction Journal, April 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#27 of 923)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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15 news outlets
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3 blogs
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53 tweeters
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Title
‘Worth the test?’ Pragmatism, pill testing and drug policy in Australia
Published in
Harm Reduction Journal, April 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12954-018-0216-z
Pubmed ID
Authors

Andrew Groves

Abstract

Recent deaths of young Australian music festival attendees from 'party-drug' overdoses have sparked debate about the effectiveness of drug policies. Australia is widely lauded for its harm minimisation approach to drugs, and yet, over the last 30 years, it can be argued its policies have been fragmented, sometimes inconsistent and contradictory. The present article examines the root of this inconsistency, using it as a foundation to advocate for drug policy reform. In keeping with the goals of the National Drug Strategy to promote policy innovation, there is an opportunity to learn from international studies which have shown promising findings in the reduction of party-drug use and its harms through application of pill testing. This paper evaluates Australia's National Drug Strategy and pill testing through a lens of pragmatism, to determine whether there is space for testing practices in contemporary policy. Specifically, the paper analyses current drug policy literature and research studies, examining a range of key drug use indicators, social and political debate and research evidence. The need for policy reform, attitudinal and cultural shifts and development of stronger cross-sectoral partnerships is highlighted, to ensure a rational and logical approach that genuinely tackles drug policy-making and strategy from a broad public health perspective. Using a theoretical frame of pragmatism and drawing from national and international research evidence, this paper recommends the integration of pill testing into Australia's harm minimisation strategy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 150 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 37 25%
Student > Master 22 15%
Researcher 19 13%
Student > Postgraduate 7 5%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 3%
Other 12 8%
Unknown 49 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 19 13%
Social Sciences 19 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 18 12%
Psychology 16 11%
Arts and Humanities 6 4%
Other 24 16%
Unknown 48 32%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 177. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 October 2022.
All research outputs
#188,672
of 22,860,626 outputs
Outputs from Harm Reduction Journal
#27
of 923 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#4,970
of 328,509 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Harm Reduction Journal
#1
of 21 outputs
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