Aims:
  • Better understand the regulatory context of RTR systems and pharmaceuticals
  • Assess the impacts of RTR systems for pseudoephedrine medications on methamphetamine-related harm indicators
  • Determine whether ProjectSTOP has reduced the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based products into illicit drug manufacture in Qld
  • Examine key harm indicators of; methamphetamine-related hospitalisations, emergency department presentations, drug driving fatalities/hospitalisations and drug treatment episodes where methamphetamine was the principal drug of concern.

Assessing the Impact of Project STOP on Methamphetamine-Related Harm Indicators

Project STOP is a decision making tool for pharmacists aimed at preventing the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based medications for illicit production of methamphetamine. 

Project STOP is an online real time system with 98% of all pharmacies in Queensland participating. It provides decision support to pharmacists who need to determine whether requests for medicines containing pseudoephedrine are legitimate. 

ProjectSTOP assists pharmacists in meeting their state regulatory recording requirements. This research project is a vital opportunity for UQ researchers to harness unique access to ProjectSTOP data and build a powerful new partnership with GuildLink to better understand the impact of RTR systems on health regulation and related harm indicators.

Project Value: 
$75 000.00
Partners: 
GuildLink Pty Ltd, Director - Mr Ross Gallagher, add Drug and Alcohol Coordination Unit, Queensland Police Service
Date: 
2014
Time status: 
Current
Contact: 
Mr Jason Ferris (j.ferris@uq.edu.au)
Aims:
  • Better understand the regulatory context of RTR systems and pharmaceuticals
  • Assess the impacts of RTR systems for pseudoephedrine medications on methamphetamine-related harm indicators
  • Determine whether ProjectSTOP has reduced the diversion of pseudoephedrine-based products into illicit drug manufacture in Qld
  • Examine key harm indicators of; methamphetamine-related hospitalisations, emergency department presentations, drug driving fatalities/hospitalisations and drug treatment episodes where methamphetamine was the principal drug of concern.
Program/Affiliation: 
Type: 
Program Evaluative
Quantitative
Big Data
Keywords: 
Policy analysis
Crime control
Public Health
Number: 
ISSR030691