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The Australian heroin drought and its implications for drug policy

Don Weatherburn, Craig Jones, Karen Freeman and Toni Makkai
ISBN 0 7313 2633 4 ISSN 1030-1046
Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, January 2001


The extent to which individuals who are detained by police are drug users is a matter of policy significance, since drug using offenders commit disproportionately more crime than their non-drug using colleagues. In this study the level and type of drug use among a sample of detainees from two local area commands in Sydney are examined. The study validates self reported drug use with urinalysis results.