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Drug Use Monitoring in Australia : 2000 annual report on drug use among police detainees

Research and public policy series no. 37

Toni Makkai and Kiah McGregor
ISBN 0 642 24227 5 ISSN 1326-6004
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2001


The purpose of this report is to provide illicit drug use information on those people who are detained and brought to a police station. Data are obtained by means of interviews and urine samples from detainees at four sites: Southport Watchhouse (Qld), East Perth Lockup, Bankstown Police Station (NSW) and Parramatta Police Station (NSW). Urine samples are tested for six classes of drugs: amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, methadone and opiates. Statistics are also presented, for each site, on llicit drug use and self reported criminal activity, and self reported alcohol use. Data are also presented for 149 juveniles in Bankstown and Parramatta.