Research Paper Released

Recorded drug use and possession offences and offenders, 2005 - 2014

The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has today released its first 'in brief' research paper titled Recorded drug use and possession offences and offenders, 2005 - 2014.

This paper presents trends in both the number and rate of drug use and possession offences and offenders over the past ten years, as well as the characteristics of these offenders. Key findings include that:

  • the rate of offences has continued to rise since 2010. The rate of offenders has also risen, but to a lesser extent. Over the past two years, the increase in both the offence and offender rates has slowed.
  • the majority of recorded drug use and possession offenders were only recorded for one use and possession offence incident between 2005 and 2014.
  • recorded offenders were most likely to be male (81.4%) and aged under 30 at the time of their first recorded offence in the dataset (62.7%).

This paper is the first in a series of three CSA research papers that will examine drug use and possession crime in Victoria. The second paper will provide an analysis of the metropolitan, regional and rural distribution of drug use and possession crime, and the third will present findings related to drug type. 

The full research paper can be found here.