From Health Canal
Road safety experts are hoping to uncover the next big breakthrough in reducing the road toll at T2013: The 20th International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety conference to be held in Brisbane from August 25-28.
T2013 conference chair and director of CARRS-Q Professor Barry Watson said the conference, which brings together road safety experts from across the world, would tackle one of the major causes of road deaths and injury - drink and drug driving.
Professor Watson said "designer drugs" were the new face of drug abuse across the world.
"Research has shown new designer drugs that mimic drugs such as cannabis and amphetamines are being used at an unprecedented rate and are difficult to detect," he said.
"This is presenting a huge challenge and one that will be a major focus of the conference.
"Being a step ahead in the detection of designer drugs is crucial and we will have guest speakers including Marilyn Huestis from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Barry Logan
from the Centre for Forensic Science Research and Education to provide an insight into how we can overcome this challenge."
The ICADTS conference is regarded as the leading international meeting in the field of alcohol, drugs and traffic safety.