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Associate Professor Chris Wilkins

Associate Professor

SHORE Centre

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins is the leader of the drug research team at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University. Chris Wilkins has research expertise in drug trends, drug markets, public health, and drug policy. Over the past twenty years he has completed a range of studies of drug use in New Zealand with particular focus on methamphetamine, cannabis, legal highs, ecstasy and the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals. Chris Wilkins has published numerous journal articles on drug use, contributed to three books and regularly reviews manuscripts for Addiction, the International Journal of Drug PolicyDrug & Alcohol Review and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Chris Wilkins has been an invited speaker at international meetings convened by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and at the United States National Institute for Drug Abuse Community Epidemiology Working Group (CEWG). He regularly presents papers at the annual meetings of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP).

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins is the leader of the drug research team at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University. Chris Wilkins has research expertise in drug trends, drug markets, public health, and drug policy. Over the past twenty years he has completed a range of studies of drug use in New Zealand with particular focus on methamphetamine, cannabis, legal highs, ecstasy and the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals. 

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Drugs, illegal drugs, drug markets, cannabis, methamphetamine, legal highs, synthetic cannabinoids, organised crime, canabis law reform, drug policy

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Economic Theory (140100): Economics (140000):
Epidemiology (111706): Health and Community Services (111708): Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Mental Health (111714): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Keywords

Drugs, illegal drugs, drug markets, cannabis, methamphetamine, legal highs, synthetic cannabinoids, organised crime, canabis law reform, drug policy

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 18

Current Projects

Project Title: Dark Side of the Net: Exploring and modelling the impact of online illegal drug markets

Date Range: 2019 - 2022

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Completed Projects

Project Title: The health and social impacts of 'legal highs' and other drug use on young people in Auckland

New Zealand has experienced successive waves of 'legal highs' containing new psychoactive substances (NPS), including party pills and synthetic cannabis. NPS are popular among young people and have been responsible for increased emergency department admissions, poisonings and mental health admissions. The Government has recently established the world's first pre-market approval regulatory regime for NPS which will allow NPS products assessed as 'low risk' to be legally manufactured and sold. This study will investigate the impact the new NPS regulatory regime has on NPS and other drug use, drug-related harm, substitution between NPS and other drugs, and utilisation of health services among 'at risk' young people. It employs an innovative web-based respondent driven sample (RDS) methodology to survey hard-to-reach frequent partying young people. This is the first of a planned eight surveys to be conducted over the next four years. It will collect important baseline data on recent changes to laws concerning the sale of legal highs and the consequences for substance use of young people. The study findings will evaluate and inform key aspects of the new regulatory regime, including the risk of approved NPS products and effectiveness of retail restrictions and standards.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2013

Funding Body: Massey University

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Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Robin Van Der Sanden - Doctor of Philosophy
    Exploring social media markets for illegal drugs in New Zealand
  • Denisse Sanchez Lozano - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating New Zealand policy response to methamphetamine contaminated houses

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Marta Rychert - Doctor of Philosophy
    A critical analysis of New Zealand's Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 and its implementation process

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