Drug abuse and crime


5 Dec 2018

There is considerable evidence of the impact of methamphetamine use on violent behaviour. This paper presents findings from a review of existing research on the association between methamphetamine use and domestic violence.


Our drug laws are tearing apart our social fabric, as well as harming drug users and their families
2 Nov 2018

This report examines the health and social harms caused or worsened by current drug policies. It is the result of an unprecedented Australia21 collaboration between experts in drug law, drug treatment and community welfare.


26 Sep 2018

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid prescribed for severe pain that can also be used for non-medical purposes. Recent data suggest the extent of fentanyl use varies across Australia, with elevated consumption levels in some regional areas.


17 Sep 2018

This report shows that drug markets in Australia remain resilient, with enduring demand for illicit drugs, particularly illicit stimulants - a clear sign that the 'war on drugs' will never work and a more rational, health-based approach is required from law enforcement agencies and political...


22 Aug 2018

This publication provides crime data over a ten-year period for Victoria’s local government areas (LGAs) with a brief overview for the whole of Victoria. The data is derived from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency (CSA), as recorded by Victoria Police and extracted from the Victoria Police...


14 Jun 2018

In this report, the Council analysed trends for offences of possession or use of small quantities of illicit drugs sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2017. The Council sought to identify shifts in the drug types minor drug offenders...


27 Mar 2018

Drug law reform is an incredibly complex area of public policy. This is due to the interweaving nature of the relevant issues and the challenges arising from drug use and its consequences. This complexity is also due to conflicting views about how best to address...


7 Sep 2017

This report confirms that access to rehabilitation services remains the dominant concern for prisoners and former prisoners struggling with addiction.


6 Sep 2017

This report's focus is on law enforcement, or supply reduction measures to address crystal methamphetamine (ice) use in Australia.

Policy report

Clearing the pathway forward
5 Jul 2017

Proposes a new model drug law for New Zealand.


30 Jun 2017

This report shows the international mail stream continues to account for the greatest proportion of the number of illicit drug detections at the Australian border.

Briefing paper

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 533
2 Jun 2017

This study compares perceptions of police and policing and willingness to cooperate with police in a population-based sample of young adult amphetamine-type stimulant users and non-users, using both quantitative and qualitative data.


Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 532
2 Jun 2017

This study supports previous findings that diversion for minor cannabis offences can save money and lead to better social consequences.


Statistical bulletin no. 03
28 May 2017

This paper examines the demographics of methamphetamine users and their employment, education and health outcomes.


20 Mar 2017

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...


7 Apr 2016

The New Zealand Drug Harm Index 2016 estimates the social cost of drug-related harms and intervention costs in 2014/15 as NZ$1.8 billion.

The total cost of illicit drug use has been considered as having three components.

The cost of personal harm, that is,...


21 Dec 2015

Methamphetamine is of national concern, but what does this statement mean to frontline police officers?

Summary Methamphetamine is of national concern (ACC 2014), but what does this statement mean to frontline police officers? In real terms it means that frontline police are required,...


28 Jul 2015

Explores the prevalence of sexual violence and alcohol and other drug use (AOD) in Australia.

Summary This state of knowledge paper explores:

the prevalence of sexual violence and alcohol and other drug use (AOD) in Australia; the association between alcohol and other...

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31 May 2014

Since the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC) in 1991 there has been a significant rise in the prison population of Indigenous peoples in Australia. There has been an even sharper rise in the number of Indigenous peoples in custody....

Journal article

30 Mar 2013

Drawing on a 4-year research project, ‘Exploring the experience of security in the Vietnamese-Australian community: practical implications for policing,’ this article examines the perspectives of the Melbourne Vietnamese Australian community outreach and legal professionals on policing the drug trade. Engaging with current debates on the...



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