Drug use monitoring in Australia: drug use among police detainees, 2021
Established in 1999 by the Australian government, the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program collects drug use and criminal justice information from police detainees at watch houses and police stations across Australia. This publication reports on data for 2021.
The Global Drug Policy Index 2021
This report provides an overview of key trends, commonalities and differences in drug policies and their implementation in 30 countries, reviewing data from 2020.
Australian drug trends 2021: key findings from the national Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) interviews
The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is an illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2003. In 2021, researchers have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually...
Report of the Inquiry into the use of cannabis in Victoria
This report on the Inquiry into the use of cannabis in Victoria is the result of extensive research and community consultation by the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee. This inquiry examined how Victorian cannabis policy can be improved.
Minimising the harm of illicit drug use among young adults
Young adults (18-25 years) are the age-group most likely to use illicit drugs in Australia. But who’s most at risk? This research examines the evidence to identify the high-risk subgroups and behaviours most likely to benefit from harm reduction efforts, as well as the types...
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis demand and supply in Australia
This study uses data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cannabis demand and supply in Australia.
Drug use monitoring in Australia: drug use among police detainees, 2020
The Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program involves the routine collection of survey and urinalysis data from police detainees across Australia. This publication reports on data for 2020.
The relationship between drug price and purity and population level harm
This rapid review examines the relationship between price, purity and seven population level measures of drug-related harm and any differences across three drug types.
Enforcement of drug laws: refocusing on organized crime elites
This report provides an analysis of drug trafficking and its links with organised crime based on the most current evidence and with the support of experts. It exposes the failures of current policies in addressing deep-rooted issues that feed organised crime, levels of violence and...
Drug harm reduction and treatment: opportunities to improve outcomes for our communities
This position paper outlines a set of public health and law enforcement recommendations that ACON believes need to be established and resourced, and that are critical in addressing the health needs of sexuality and gender diverse communities.
Dalgarno Institute submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Communication Campaigns Targeting Drug and Substance Abuse
This document presents the Dalgarno Institute submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Communication Campaigns Targeting Drug and Substance Abuse.
Australian drug trends 2019: key findings from the national Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) interviews
The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is an illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2003, and forms part of Drug Trends.
The case for YES in the 2020 referendum on cannabis
Like many countries around the world, cannabis use is a reality in New Zealand. The result of the nation's current policy approach damages health, worsens social equity, and drives up crime. The status quo is unacceptable, and this paper examines how New Zealand can do...
Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2017–18
In 2017–18, 952 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just under 210,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 130,000 clients. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol, amphetamines, cannabis and heroin. Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment...
European drug report 2019: trends and developments
This report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply and use and public health problems, as well as drug policy and responses.
Drug policy and the deprivation of liberty
This report analyses the last thirty years of over-incarceration in closed settings, from prisons to migrant administrative detention and from mandatory treatment to private rehabilitation centers. The paper highlights the responsibility of the State towards people who are incarcerated, and demonstrates how their health and...
10 years of drug policy in Asia: How far have we come?
The data presented in this report suggest that countries in Asia have not been able to achieve the frequently reiterated goal of a ‘drug-free’ region nor to ‘eliminate or reduce significantly’ the illicit cultivation, production, trafficking, sale and consumption of drugs.
Can Australia respond to drugs more effectively and safely?
Senior police, prison officers and lawyers are standing side-by-side with drug users calling for law reform, to bring an end to killing and criminalising young Australians. Drug-related deaths, diseases, injuries, crimes and social costs continue to rise despite more than 80,000 consumer arrests in Australia...
Trends in possession and use of narcotics and cocaine
New figures indicate that use of narcotics (e.g. heroin) and cocaine is increasing, according to this Crime and Justice Statistics Bureau Brief. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research examined trends in arrests for narcotics and cocaine possession and overdoses on narcotics and cocaine...