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What Australian's think about the legal status of drugs: A 2018 update

Aug 3, 2018

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have released a research bulletin called "What does the research evidence tell us about what Australians think about the legal status of drugs? A 2018 update." Using data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016, the authors explore public support for the decriminalisation and legalisation of illicit drugs and ask the Australian public how they think money should be directed in responding to illicit drugs.

Results show that support for the decriminalisation and legalisation of illicit drugs has grown in Australia from 2016, particularly support for the decriminalisation of cannabis possession (78%). The authors also report growing public support for financial investment in drug treatment and education and a reallocation of funds away from law enforcement.

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