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Emerging Drugs

The Australian Government Department of health defines Emerging Drugs as: new psychoactive drugs appearing on the market. They include novel drug classes which are potentially harmful. They also include new formulations of older drug classes for which problems related to their use are emerging. The situation is rapidly changing. There are hundreds of emerging drugs of concern, and this number is increasing every year.

Consumer alert – Fentanyl & Carfentanil

Illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its analogues (such as carfentanil and acetyl fentanyl) have been detected on the Australian market. Overdoses involving fentanyl and its analogues resulting from substances sold as heroin and stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine are emerging in Australia.

Understanding the common risks with any drug taking, following harm reduction measures and knowing how to respond to an opioid overdose can reduce risk and save lives.

The following guidance notes for consumers, friends and families have been prepared. To order these in print please contact florence.bascombe@nccred.org.au

Consumer Alert – Fentanyl

Consumer Alert – Carfentanil

Prompt Response Network

An interactive network, is being established known as the Prompt Response Network (PRN), that will allow for rapid, flexible and collaborative responses to emerging substances that are having harmful health and community impacts. Contact us for more information.

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More Information

If you would like more information on Emerging Drugs and Drug Trends below are some useful links.


Drug Trends


Positive Choices


Alcohol and Drug Foundation