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Drug use monitoring in Australia: Drug use among police detainees, 2018

Dec 13, 2019

The Australian Institute of Criminology recently released the 2018 results from their Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program (DUMA). Data was collected from five police stations and watch houses across Australia over an extended period in 2018 and includes interviews with people who have been arrested, along with urine drug tests to monitor changes in substance use. 

The 2018 report highlights an increase of 12% since 2013 of detainees attributing their detention to illicit drug use.  In contrast, the report shows a decrease in the proportion of detainees attributing their detention to alcohol use. The report also shows a rise in positive tests to amphetamine type substances and a steady decline in positive tests to opioids. Rates of positive tests for cocaine, cannabis and benzodiazepines have mostly remained stable since 2013.   

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