Research group on drugs of abuse



Vigdis Vindenes<br>Group leader
Vigdis Vindenes
Group leader
Alcohol and drugs of abuse are serious risk factors for disease and early death. Knowledge about drugs of abuse is required to be able to reduce the harmful effects. The main research aims in our group are to provide more knowledge about impact of drugs of abuse and alcohol on mortality risk, acute disease and injuries, mechanisms of action and continues improving analytical methods and techniques. Using the analytical knowledge retrieved from our routine forensic toxicology cases and special analyses, and available analytical instruments, our group performs research projects combining different techniques, both in humans and rodents.


  • Behavior effects and pharmacokinetic of heroin, methadone and new psychoactive substances in rodents
  • Interaction of heroin pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics using antibodies (“heroin-vaccine”), antagonists and enzyme modulators 
  • Frequency of drugs of abuse in different populations 
  • Impact of drugs of abuse and alcohol on mortality risk, acute disease and injuries
  • Involvement of alcohol and drugs of abuse in in traffic and traffic accidents, and prevalence of use in other populations
  • Death due to drug overdoses 
  • Development of analytical methods for new psychoactive substances and neurotransmitter 

Contact information
Group Leader Vigdis Vindenes, Department of forensic medicine, Tel: +47 21 07 78 87, E-mail: