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Drug Use Monitoring in Australia: 2008 Annual Report on Drug Use Among Police Detainees

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Antonette Gaffney; Warwick Jones; Josh Sweeney; Jason Payne
Date Published
159 pages
This report from the Australian Institute of Criminology presents the findings of the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia 2008 annual report on drug use among police detainees.
The Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program is part of the Australian Government's national drug strategy on combating drug abuse. The program is a key research tool that provides timely, up-to-date information on drug consumption within Australia and is an important aspect of law enforcement and police agencies' efforts to address existing and emerging drug trends. The DUMA program is made up of two key parts: a self-report survey of police detainees covering both drug use and drug market participation, and voluntary urinalyses to corroborate recent drug use. In 2008, 4,107 adult detainees were interviewed at 9 sites across the country participating in the program. In addition, 136 juveniles were interviewed at 2 sites, with 63 percent providing a urine sample. The findings from these interviews are presented in this report in two sections, DUMA Program: 2008 overview, and 2008 DUMA findings: Site results. The Executive Summary presents key findings from the interviews for the following categories: adult drug use (by drug type); self-reported drug use, treatment, and drug market participation; alcohol use; relationship between drug use and offending; weapon ownership/possession and crime; prior contact with the criminal justice system; age of first use and arrest; and juveniles. Numerous tables and figures are presented in the report. References