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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

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Dr Adrian Farrugia

Research Associate


03 9079 2205


Adrian is a Research Associate at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. Adrianís research focuses on understandings of addiction and health, youth drug consumption, drug education and other health interventions. Adrianís current research is on the impediments to the uptake of take-home naloxone (THN) in Australia. Part of the Social Science of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) research program, this qualitative project will collect the stories of people who consume opioids and health professionals to understand the meanings of THN and shed light on impediments to scale-up.

Adrianís current research on THN continues his focus on health promotion developed during his PhD research which analysed how young people, their drug consumption and their social lives are constituted in Australian classroom drug education and social marketing. Adrian has published on young menís drug consumption and friendship, young menís understandings of health promotion information, gender and drug education and neuroscientific accounts of youth and addiction.


Adrian welcomes supervision opportunities in the sociology of alcohol and other drug consumption, youth drug consumption, drug education and health promotion, masculinity and gender and social approaches to health and illness more broadly. His theoretical interests include post-structural and post-human approaches to subjectivity, materiality and the body. Adrian has particular interest in the use of Deleuze and Guattari, Latour and Actor Network Theory and Science and Technology Studies (STS) in qualitative research.


  • BA/BEd Indigenous studies, Politics, ESL education, Monash University
  • BEd (Hons), Monash University

Research Interests

  • Concepts of addiction
  • Illicit drug consumption and treatment
  • Drug education and health promotion
  • Youth illicit drug use
  • Gender and the body
  • The sociology of health

Current projects

  • Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone Details


Farrugia, A.C., Fraser, S. and Dwyer, R. (2017). Assembling the social and political dimensions of take-home naloxone. Contemporary Drug Problems, 44, (3), pp. 163-175. DOI: 10.1177/0091450917723350 [RJ1300] Paper

Dennis, F. and Farrugia, A.C. (2017). Materialising drugged pleasures: Practice, politics and care. International Journal of Drug Policy, 49, pp. 86-91. DOI: [RJ1380] Paper

Farrugia, A.C. (2017). Gender, reputation and regret: the ontological politics of Australian drug education. Gender and Education, 29, (3), pp. 281-298. DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2016.1156655 [RJ1206] Paper

Farrugia, A.C. and Fraser, S. (2017). Prehending addiction: Alcohol and other drug professionalsí encounters with Ďnewí addictions. Qualitative Health Research, 27, (13), pp. 2042-2056. DOI: 10.1177/104973231773153 [RJ1343] Paper

Farrugia, A.C. and Fraser, S. (2017). Science and scepticism: Drug information, young men and counterpublic health. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 21, (6), pp. 595-615. DOI: 10.1177/1363459315628042 [RJ1140] Paper

Farrugia, A.C. and Fraser, S. (2017). Young brains at risk: Co-constituting youth and addiction in neuroscience-informed Australian drug education. Biosocieties. DOI: doi:10.1057/s41292-017-0047-2 [RJ1301] Paper

Farrugia, A.C., Seear, K. and Fraser, S. (2017). Authentic advice for authentic problems? Legal information in Australian classroom drug education. Addiction Research & Theory. DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2017.1343823 [RJ1347] Paper

Farrugia, A.C. (2016). Young people and the aesthetics of health promotion: Beyond rationality and risk (book review). Health Sociology Review. eContent Management Pty Ltd. [UP37]

Farrugia, A.C. (2015). "You canít just give your best mate a massive hug every day": Young men, play and MDMA. Contemporary Drug Problems, 42, (3), pp. 240-256. DOI: 10.1177/0091450915601520 [RJ1134] Paper

Farrugia, A.C. (2014). Assembling the dominant accounts of youth drug use in Australian harm reduction drug education. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24, (4), pp. 663-672. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.04.019 [RJ1004] Paper