1976 …2020

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Personal profile


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

Awarded Officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia honour, January 26, 2019.

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Forensic Pharmacology, Dr. honoris causa, Universiteit Antwerpen (University of Antwerp)

Pharmacology, PhD, University of Melbourne

Applied Chemistry, B.App.Sc., RMIT University

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Research Output

Simultaneous Analysis of Drugs in Forensic Cases by Liquid Chromatography–High-Resolution Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry

Mokhtar, S. U., Kulsing, C., Althakafy, J. T., Kotsos, A., Drummer, O. H. & Marriott, P. J., 2020, In : Chromatographia. 83, p. 53–64 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

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., 2 Nov 2018, In : Clinical Toxicology. 56, 11, p. 1135-1142 8 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

1 Citation (Scopus)

Pirfenidone causes false-positive urine benzodiazepine results: Implications for patients with pulmonary fibrosis

Pope, J. D., Drummer, O. H. & Schneider, H. G., Dec 2018, In : Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 37, 12, p. 1475-1477 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-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


  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Elsevier (Publisher)

Olaf Drummer (Editor in chief)
1 Jan 2005

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility