Why did you want to be involved in NCCRED? “NCCRED provides a unique opportunity to bring together Australia’s clinical and research capacity in the drug field to meet the challenges of new and emerging drugs.”
Professor Simon Lenton is Director of the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University, where he has worked since 1993. In addition, he works part time as a clinical psychologist in private practice. His research interests include bridging the gap between drug policy research and drug policy practice, illicit drug use and harm reduction, impact of legislative options for drugs, availability of take-home naloxone, and drink and drug driving. His current research program includes evaluations of take-home naloxone programs in Australia, research on ‘study drug’ use by university students and an international collaborative web survey of small-time cannabis cultivators. He has published widely on drugs, health and the law and provided advice to a range of government and private organisations, both in Australia and internationally, on evidence based drug policy and other drug issues. He is a current member of the WA Premier’s Task Force on Methamphetamine. He was a deputy editor of Drug and Alcohol Review from 1997 to 2013 and edited the ‘Harm Reduction Digest’ that appeared in that journal.