Publications

Paul is a published author, with his highly successful book for parents – Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs being released in 2009. In addition, he has been involved in a range of research projects on a variety of alcohol and other drug issues including anabolic steroids, ecstasy, ketamine, drug driving and drugs and the media. These have resulted in many publications, including book chapters and journal articles. A full list of these have been provided below.

He has also been asked to write magazine articles, opinion pieces for newspapers, as well as being heavily involved in resource development. Some of these resources, as well as other publications that Paul has contributed to are also listed here.

Books

  1. Dillon, P. (2009). Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.

Book Chapters

  1. Dillon, P.  (2008). Working with the media on alcohol and other drug issues: the Australian experience in Drugs and public health. Moore, D., Dietze, P. (eds) Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 191-200.
  1. Dillon, P., Copeland, J. & Silins, E. (2012).Ecstasy and Related Drugs (ERDs) and Harm Reduction in Harm Reduction in Substance Use and High-Risk Behaviour. Pates, R & Riley, D. (eds) London: Wiley-Blackwell, 184-195.
  1. Copeland, J. & Dillon, P. (2013). Ketamine in Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders. Miller, P. (ed). San Diego: Academic Press, 733-741.
  2. Dillon, P. (2017). Supporting a Young Person in their Decision Not to Use Alcohol or Other Drugs in Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds. Manocha, R. (ed) Hachette Australia, Sydney, 150-165.
  3. Dillon, P. (2017). Teens, Parties and Alcohol: A Practical Guide to Keeping Them Safe in Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds. Manocha, R. (ed) Hachette Australia, Sydney, 166-178.

Journal Articles

  1. Dillon, P., Goldspink-Lord, L. & Parkhill, N. (1996).  Sex, drugs and just say no:  A media perspective. International Journal of Drug Policy 7, 183-186.
  2. Dillon, P. (1996). Bloating, acne & testicular atrophy: Anabolic steroids & the quest for the body beautiful. Drugs in Society, September, 6-10.
  3. Dillon, P., & Singleton, M. (1996). Anabolic Steroids. Policing Issues and Practice Journal 4 (4), 24-31.
  4. Copeland, J., Peters, R. & Dillon, P. (1998) A study of 100 anabolic-androgenic steroid users. Letter to the editor.  Medical Journal of Australia 168, 311.
  5. Copeland, J., Peters, R. & Dillon, P. (1998). Anabolic steroid dependence in a woman. Correspondence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 32(4), 589.
  6. Dillon, P. (1998). Proactive or sensationalist?: The media and harm reduction. International Journal of Drug Policy, 9, 3, 175-179.
  7. Topp, L., Hando, J. & Dillon, P. (1999). Sexual behaviour of ecstasy users in Sydney, Australia. Culture Health and Sexuality, 1, 2, 147-160.
  8. Peters, R., Copeland, J. & Dillon, P. (1999). Anabolic-androgenic steroid use: user characteristics, motivations and deterrents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviours, 13(3), 232-242.
  9. Dillon, P., Copeland, J. & Peters, R. (1999). Exploring the relationship between male homosexuality, body image and steroid use. Culture Health and Sexuality, 4, 317- 327.
  10. Topp, L., Hando, J., Dillon, P., Roche, A., & Solowij, N. (2000). Ecstasy use in Australia: patterns of use and associated harm. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 55, 105-115.
  11. Copeland, J., Peters, R., & Dillon, P. (2000). Anabolic-androgenic steroid use disorders among a sample of Australian competitive and recreational users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 60, 91-96.
  12. Dillon, P. & Degenhardt, L. (2001). Ketamine and GHB: new trends in club drug use? Journal of Substance Use, 6, 11-15.
  13. Degenhardt, L., Darke, S., & Dillon, P. (2002). GHB use among Australians: characteristics, use patterns and associated harms. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 67, 89-94.
  14. Dillon, P., Copeland, J., & Jansen, K. (2003). Patterns of use and harms associated with non-medical ketamine use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 69, 23-28.
  15. Degenhardt, L., Darke, S. & Dillon, P. (2003). The prevalence and correlates of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) overdose among Australian users. Addiction 98, 199-204.
  16. Copeland, J. & Dillon, P. (2005). The health and psycho-social consequences of ketamine use. International Journal of Drug Policy 16, 122-131.
  17. Degenhardt, L., Copeland, J. & Dillon, P. (2005). Recent trends in the use of ‘club drugs’: An Australian review. Substance Use & Misuse 40, 1241-1256.
  18. Swift, W., Gates, P. & Dillon P. (2005). Survey of Australians using cannabis for medical purposes. Harm Reduction Journal 2, 10.1186/1477-7517-2-18.
  19. Dillon, P. (2005). Over The Influence, The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol (book review). Drug and Alcohol Review 24, 290-291.
  20. Copeland, J., Dillon, P. & Gascoigne, M. (2006). Ecstasy and the concomitant use of pharmaceuticals. Addictive Behaviors 31, 367-370.
  21. Degenhardt, L., Dillon, P., Duff, C., & Ross, J. (2006). Driving, drug use behaviour and risk perceptions of nightclub attendees in Victoria, Australia. International Journal of Drug Policy 17, 41-46.
  22. Bellis, M.A., Hughes, K., Dillon, P., Copeland, J., & Gates, P. (2007). Effects of backpacking holidays in Australia on alcohol, tobacco and drug use of UK residents. BMC Public Health 7:1.
  23. Silins, E., Copeland, J. & Dillon, P. (2007). Qualitative review of serotonin syndrome, ecstasy (MDMA) and the use of other serotonergic substances: Hierarchy of risk. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 41, 649-655.
  24. Shearer, J., Johnston, J., Fry, C.L., Kaye, S., Dillon, P., Dietze, P., & Collins, L. (2007). Contemporary cocaine use patterns and associated harms in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review 26, 537-543.
  25. Copeland, J., Stevenson, R.J., Gates, P., & Dillon, P. (2007). Young Australians and alcohol: The acceptability of ready-to-drink (RTD) alcoholic beverages among 12-30-year-olds. Addiction 102, 1740-1746.
  26. Gates, P., Copeland, J., Stevenson, R. & Dillon, P. (2007). The influence of product packaging on young people’s ratings of alcohol palatability. Alcohol & Alcoholism 42, 138-142.
  27. Shearer, J., Johnston, J., Fry, C.L., Kaye, S., Dillon, P., Dietze, P., & Collins, L. (2008). An Australian profile on cocaine supply. The Howard Journal 47, 67-80.
  28. McLaren, J., Swift, W., Dillon, P., & Allsop, S. (2008). Cannabis potency and contamination: A review of the literature. Addiction 103, 1100-1109.
  29. Larance, B., Degenhardt, L., Copeland, J., & Dillon, P. (2008). Injecting risk behaviour and related harm among men who use performance- and image-enhancing drugs. Drug and Alcohol Review 27, 679–686.
  30. Vogl, L., Teesson, M., Andrews, G., Bird, K., Steadman, B., & Dillon, P. (2009). A computerized harm minimization prevention program for alcohol misuse and related harms: randomized controlled trial. Addiction 104, 564-575.
  31. Hughes, K., Bellis, M., Dillon, P., Copeland, J. (2009). The sexual behaviour of British backpackers in Australia. Sexually Transmitted Infections 85, 477-482.
  32. Silins, E., Copeland, J. & Dillon, P. (2009). Patterns and harms of pharmaceutical drug use among ecstasy users in Australia. Adicciones 21, 347-362.
  33. Lancaster, K., Hughes, C.E., Spicer, B., Matthew-Simmons, F., & Dillon, P. (2010). Drugs and the media: Models of media effects for use in drug policy research. Drug and Alcohol Review.
  34. Silins, E., Bleeker, A.M., Copeland, J., Dillon, P., Devlin, K., van Bakkum, F., & Noijen, J. (2010). The importance of peer educator qualities: as perceived by ecstasy users. SuchtMagazin 5, 17-20.
  35. Berridge, B., Hall, K., Dillon, P., Hides, L., & Lubman, D. (2011). MAKINGtheLINK: a school-based health promotion programme to increase help-seeking for cannabis and mental health issues among adolescents. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 5, 81–88.
  36. Norberg, M., Gates, P., Dillon, P., Kavanagh, D.J., Manocha, R., & Copeland, J. (2012). Screening and managing cannabis use: comparing GP’s and nurses’ knowledge, beliefs, and behavior. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy 7, 31.
  37. Silins, E., Bleeker, A.M., Simpson, M., Dillon, P., & Copeland, J. (2013). Does peer-delivered information at music events reduce ecstasy and methamphetamine use at three-month follow-up? Findings from a quasi-experiment across three study sites. Journal of Addiction Prevention 1, 8.
  38. Gates, P., Norberg, M., Dillon, P., & Manocha, R. (2013). Experiences of Australian school staff in addressing student cannabis use. Journal of Drug Education 43, 121– 139.
  39. MacLean, S., Cook, M., Dillon, P., & Wright, C. (2023). Educating students about volatile substance use in Australian schools; is the current approach evidence-based, and how should we do it? Health Promotion Journal of Australia, https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.836.

Reports and Conference Proceedings

  1. Dillon, P.   (1996). ‘Doctor Shopping’:  Implications for harm reduction. From science to policy to practice:  Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, 383-388.
  2. Dillon, P.   (1996). National Drug Strategy:  the first ten years and beyond.  Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Symposium of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Monograph No. 27.  Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  3. Dillon, P., Goldspink-Lord, L., & Parkhill, N.   (1996). Sex, drugs and just say no:  The media perspective. From science to policy to practice:  Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm, 389-398.
  4. Topp, L. & Dillon, P.   (1996). Looking to the future:  A second generation of drug research.  Proceedings from the Tenth National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre Annual Symposium.  Monograph No 29, Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  5. Peters, R., Copeland, J., Dillon, P., & Beel, A. (1997).  Patterns and correlates of anabolic-androgenic steroid use. Technical Report No 48, Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  6. Maxwell, J., Davey, J. & Dillon, P.  (1998). Comparison of patterns of illicit drug use in Australia and the United States. Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Austin, Texas.
  7. Dillon, P., Topp, L. & Swift, W.   (1998). Illicit drugs:  Current issues and responses. Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Symposium of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Monograph No. 37.  Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  8. Topp, L., Hando, J. & Dillon, P. (1998).  Ecstasy I:  Patterns and context of use. In Dillon, P., Topp, L., & Swift, W. (eds.) Illicit drugs:  Current issues and responses. Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Symposium of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Monograph No. 37.  Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  9. Hando, J., Topp, L. & Dillon, P. (1998). Ecstasy II:  Associated harms and risk-taking behaviour. In Dillon, P., Topp, L., & Swift, W.   (eds.) Illicit drugs:  Current issues and responses. Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Symposium of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Monograph No. 37.  Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  10. Peters, R., Copeland, J. & Dillon, P. (1998). Patterns and correlates of anabolic-androgenic steroid use.  In Dillon, P., Topp, L., & Swift, W.   (eds.) Illicit drugs:  Current issues and responses. Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Symposium of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Monograph No. 37.  Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  11. Dillon, P., Peters, R., Copeland, J. & Beel, A. (1998). The quest for the body beautiful:  Male anabolic-androgenic steroid use in NSW.  In Conference Proceedings:  2nd National Men’s Health Conference 1997.  Men’s Health Teaching and Research Unit, School of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, 100-105.
  12. Topp, L., Hando, J., Degenhardt, L., Dillon, P., Roche, A., & Solowij, N. (1998). Ecstasy Use in Australia. Monograph No. 39.  Sydney:  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  13. Dillon, P., Copeland, J., & Jansen, K.  (2001). Patterns of use and harms associated with non-medical ketamine use. Technical Report No. 111. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  14. Dillon, P. (2002). Foreword to T. McGill, Facing Drugs a guide for parents. Sydney: Griffin Press. Dillon, P. (2003). New risks from recreational substances. In Club Health. The 2nd International Conference on Night-Life, Substance Use and Related Health Issues. 24th-27th March 2002, Fiera District, Rimini, Italy: Proceedings. 24-32.
  15. Copeland, J., Dillon, P. & Gascoigne, M. (2004). Ecstasy and the concomitant use of pharmaceuticals. NDARC Technical Report No. 201. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  16. Gascoigne, M., Dillon, P. & Copeland, J. (2004). Sources of ecstasy information: Their use and perceived credibility. Technical Report Number 202. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  17. Shearer, J., Johnston, J., Kaye, S., Dillon, P., & Collins, L. (2005). Characteristics and dynamics of cocaine supply and demand in Sydney and Melbourne. NDLERF Monograph Series No. 14. National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund: Adelaide.
  18. Larance, B., Degenhardt, L., Dillon, P., & Copeland, J. (2005). Use of performance and image enhancing drugs among men: A review. Technical Report 232. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  19. Larance, B., Degenhardt, L., Dillon, P., & Copeland, J. (2005). Rapid assessment of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in New South Wales: Feasibility study 2005. Technical Report 239. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  20. Copeland, J., Dillon, P., Mazurski, E., Yeung, N., Gascoigne, M., & Smith, A. (2005). Young Users’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Psychostimulants and School Drug Education.  NSW Department of Education and Training: Sydney.
  21. Copeland, J., Gates, P., Stevenson, D., & Dillon, P.  (2006). Young people and alcohol: Taste perceptions, attitudes and experiences. Technical Report 241. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  22. Copeland, J., Gerber, S., Dillon, P., & Swift, W. (2006). Cannabis: Answers To Your Questions. Australian National Council on Drugs: Canberra.
  23. Finney-Lamb, C., Dillon, P. & Copeland, J.  (2007). Investigating reasons for the cessation of volatile substances: A qualitative study. Technical Report 284.   Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  24. Silins, E., Copeland, J., Dillon, P., McGregor, I., & Caldicott, D.   (2007). The development of materials on ecstasy and related drugs (ERDs) for health care practitioners. Technical Report No. 287.  Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  25. Ross, J., Campbell, G., Degenhardt, L., & Dillon, P. (2007). Driving and clubbing in Sydney: A study of drug use and risk among nightclub attendees. Technical Report No. 289. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  26. Dennington, V., Finney-Lam, C., Dillon, P., Larance, B., Vial, R., Copeland, J., Newcombe, D., & Ali, R. (2008). Qualitative field study of users of performance and image enhancing drugs. DASSA Research Monograph No. 25. Adelaide: Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia.
  27. Bleeker, A., Silins, E., Dillon, P., Simpson, M., Copeland, J., & Hickey, K. (2008). The feasibility of peer-led interventions to deliver health information to ecstasy and related drug (ERDs) users. NDARC Technical Report No. 299: Sydney.
  28. Dillon, P., Howard, J. & Chenoweth, C. (2009). ‘Cannabis: it’s not our culture’ – engaging with Indigenous Australians around cannabis. Paper presented at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference, 1-4 November, Darwin, Drug and Alcohol Review 28, A14 – A14.
  29. Hughes, C., Spicer, B., Lancaster, K., Matthew-Simmons, F., & Dillon, P. (2010). Media reporting on illicit drugs in Australia: Trends and impacts on youth attitudes to illicit drug use. DPMP Monograph 19. Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program.
  30. Hughes, C., Spicer, B., Lancaster, K., Mathew-Simmons, F., & Dillon, P. (2010). “Would it make me take drugs in a heartbeat? No but…” – the impact of media reporting on Australian youth attitudes to illicit drugs, in Drug and Alcohol Review, 36-36.
  31. Hughes, C., Spicer, B., Lancaster, K, Mathew-Simmons, F., & Dillon, P. (2010). Drugs in the Australian news media: Trends and impacts on youth attitudes to illicit drug use. DPMP Bulletin Series. Bulletin No. 20. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  32. Lancaster, K., Hughes, C., Spicer, B., Matthew-Simmons, F., & Dillon, P. (2011). Curiosity killed the M-Cat: an examination of illicit drugs and the media, in The Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference Proceedings 2010, Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney, presented at 2010 Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney, 1-2 July 2010.
  33. Vogl, L., Newton, N., Teesson, M., Swift, W., Karageorge, A., Deans, C., McKetin, R., Steadman, B., Jones, J., Dillon, P., Havard, A., & Andrews, G. (2012). Climate Schools: Universal computer-based programs to prevent alcohol and other drug use in adolescence. Technical Report No. 321. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  34. Dillon, P. & Copeland, J. (2012). Synthetic cannabinoids: The Australian experience. NCPIC Bulletin Series 13, Sydney: NCPIC.

Magazine Articles and Opinion Pieces

  1. Dillon, P.  (1999). Into the G-hole. Outrage, September, 32-35.
  2. Dillon, P.  (1999). Hit or myth.  Juice, December, 74-78.
  3. Dillon, P. (1999/2000). Bopping till they drop?  Drugs and the gay scene. Connexions, December/January, 10-11.
  4. Dillon, P.  (2000). How risky is ecstasy? Juice, February, 62-68.
  5. Dillon, P.  (2000). How risky is ecstasy?  Connexions, February-March, 17-20.
  6. Dillon, P.  (2000). All about k. Outrage, April, 2000, 72-76.
  7. Dillon, P.  (2000). Your dick on drugs. Wanted, AFAO.
  8. Dillon, P.  (2001). The strange world of ketamine.  Connexions, February-March, 11-13.
  9. Dillon, P. & Degenhardt, L. (2004). Ecstasy use in Australia. Of Substance 2, 8.
  10. Dillon, P. (2004). Chemical cocktails: Just don’t call them a ‘party’ (Editorial). Of Substance 2, 2.
  11. Dillon, P. (2004). Harm Minimisation. A Social History of Drugs: Exhibition Guide, Justice & Police Museum, Historic Houses Trust.
  12. Dillon, P. (2005). Ecstasy: Facts behind the fiction. 3, 28-29.
  13. Dillon, P. (2005). Falling on deaf ears. Circuit Noize Magazine 44, 26-27.
  14. Dillon, P. (2005). Safer partying. Circuit Noize Magazine 44, 36-38.
  15. Dillon, P. (2007). Standing up for teetotal teenagers. Opinion Piece. The Drum Unleashed, ABC Radio, December 19.
  16. Dillon, P. (2008). Club Health Conference 2005. Of Substance 4, 6.
  17. Dillon, P. (2008). Twisted message misleads young minds. Of Substance 6, 22.
  18. Dillon, P. (2009). Pop goes progress. Opinion Piece. The Drum Unleashed, ABC Radio, March 23.
  19. Dillon, P. (2010). It’s not just teens who are drinking too much. Opinion Piece. Newcastle Herald, February 12, 9.
  20. Hughes, C., Spicer, B., Lancaster, K, Mathew-Simmons, F., & Dillon, P. (2010). Youth, drugs and media: Why should we care? Examining impacts of Australian news media on youth attitudes to illicit drugs.
  21. Hughes, C., Lancaster, K. Spicer, B., Matthew-Simmons, F., & Dillon, P. (2010). Youth, drugs and the media: Creating attitude. Of Substance. 8(3), 16-17.
  22. Dillon, P. (2011). No ecstasy in getting the facts to our youth. Opinion Piece. Newcastle Herald February 4, 9.
  23. Dillon, P. (2015). Pill testing isn’t a silver bullet to prevent drug deaths. Opinion Piece.  Sydney Morning Herald, December 7.
  24. Dillon, P. (2019). Social issues require input from everyone, not just schools. Opinion Piece. Australian Teacher Magazine, March, 15.
  25. Dillon, P. (2019). Stopping the senseless loss of life. Opinion Piece. The Catholic Weekly, May 8.

Resources

  1. Peters, R., Dillon, P., & Copeland, J.  (1998). Steroid Facts.  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney.
  2. Peters, R., Dillon, P., & Copeland, J.  (1998). Muscle Boundaries: A User’s Guide to Steroids.  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney.
  3. Dillon, P. & Dolan, K. (2000). Needle and syringe programs: your questions answered. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney.
  4. Dillon, P. (2003). Inhalants. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  5. Dillon, P., Cox, G. & O’Connor, M. (2004). What’s the score? The facts on alcohol, drugs and sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission Publications.
  6. Barker, B., Burns, L., Copeland, J., Degenhardt, L., Demou, T., Dillon, P., McKetin, R., Ross, J., & Teesson, M. (2004). Double Trouble: Drugs and mental health. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  7. Proudfoot, H., Teesson, M. & Dillon, P.  (2005). Feeling good? Answering your questions about alcohol, drugs and mental health. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
  8. Larance, B., Dillon, P. & Degenhardt, L. (2005). Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney.
  9. Dillon, P. & Vogl, L. (2006). Young Men and Alcohol. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  10. Dillon, P. & Vogl, L. (2006). Young Women and Alcohol. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  11. Peters, R., Copeland, J., Dillon, P., & Larance, B. (2006). Muscle Boundaries, HIT, Liverpool.
  12. McKetin, R., Dillon, P., Finney-Lamb, Stewart, S., & Ho, G. (2007). Fast Facts on Ice. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  13. Barker, B., Burns, L., Degenhardt, L., Demou, T., Dillon, P., McKetin, R., Ross, J., & Teesson, M. (2007). Double Trouble: Drugs and Mental Health (Revised Edition). Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
  14. Dillon, P. (2013). Alcohol and the Developing Brain. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Education Trust (NET).

Looking for information or support services on alcohol or drugs?

If you or a friend or family member needs assistance in this area, Alcohol and Drug Information Services (ADIS) are available in every state and territory. Each of these are each staffed by trained professionals who can help with your query and provide confidential advice or refer you to an appropriate service in your area.

Scroll to Top