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Drug use and criminal behaviour among alleged criminals in Perth

Wendy Loxley
07 July 1999 -

Dr Wendy Loxley

Deputy Director, National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug Abuse


This seminar draws on a study of psychostimulant use and reckless or violent behaviour in Perth. The data come from a cross sectional survey of individuals interviewed by police between September 1996 and April 1997 and a second cross sectional survey of individuals remanded into custody in Perth prisons between August 1997 and December 1997. The seminar presented some results that identify the major risk factors associated with self-reported violent and acquisitive offending amongst these samples. Methodological problems associated with such research were also addressed.

Wendy Loxley is the Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug Abuse, a position which she has held since January 1999. Prior to that she was a Senior Research Fellow, and Team Leader for illicit drug research at the Centre, where she has been employed for the past eleven years. Much of her research has related to injecting drug use. She has been involved in large quantitative surveys of Australian IDUs, and was the National Co-ordinator of the Australian Study of HIV and Injecting Drug Use in 1994 and 1995. She has also undertaken a number of qualitative projects including studies of teenagers who inject drugs and their risk of HIV/AIDS; teenagers and their risk of opiate overdose; and testing injecting drug users for blood borne viral infections. Her current research interests include amphetamine and other illicit drug use among police suspects, community based approaches to drug law enforcement, the prevention of opiate overdose and monitoring drug use among arrestees. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Addiction, the Drug and Alcohol Review, Addiction Research, AIDS Care, the Medical Journal of Australia, and the International Journal of Drug Policy. She is an Assistant Editor for Addiction and on the International Editorial Board of AIDS Care.

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