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Professor Drummer is a forensic pharmacologist and toxicologist with over 200 publications in forensic science, medicine and biochemical pharmacology.

His current research interest is in:
i) involvement of alcohol and other drugs in road and workplace accidents,
ii) illicit drugs and their behavioural effects with a focus on synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants,
iii) new and evolving analytical techniques for drug detection in biological specimens.

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Research Output 1977 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Catch and release: evaluating the safety of non-fatal heroin overdose management in the out-of-hospital environment

Stam, N. C., Pilgrim, J. L., Drummer, O. H., Smith, K. & Gerostamoulos, D., 5 Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Toxicology. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Determining the effective dose of street-level heroin: A new way to consider fluctuations in heroin purity, mass and potential contribution to overdose

Stam, N. C., Gerostamoulos, D., Gerstner-Stevens, J., Scott, N., Smith, K., Drummer, O. H. & Pilgrim, J. L., 1 Sep 2018, In : Forensic Science International. 290, p. 219-226 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

18 Citations (Scopus)

A cluster of fentanyl-laced heroin deaths in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia

Rodda, L. N., Pilgrim, J. L., Rago, M. D., Crump, K., Gerostamoulos, D. & Drummer, O. H., May 2017, In : Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 41, 4, p. 318-324 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Challenges for Detecting Valproic Acid in a Nontargeted Urine Drug Screening Method

Pope, J. D., Black, M. J., Drummer, O. H. & Schneider, H. G., 1 Aug 2017, In : Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. 39, 4, p. 457-460 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Allan Curry award (TIAFT)

Olaf Drummer (Recipient), 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Excellence in Alcohol and Drug Research

Olaf Drummer (Recipient), 2000

Prize: National/international honour

Irving Sunshine award

Olaf Drummer (Recipient), 2005

Prize: National/international honour

Jean Servais Stas award

Olaf Drummer (Recipient), 2013

Prize: National/international honour

Activities 2005 2005

  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Elsevier (Publisher)

Olaf Drummer (Editor in chief)
1 Jan 2005

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility