The Crime Statistics Agency has today released its second 'in brief' research paper, which explores changes in the number and rate of drug use and possession crimes across Victoria over the past ten years.
While the rate of drug use and possession incidents has increased across the state over the past five years, the highest increases were in regional Victoria, where the overall rate of incidents doubled (up 109% between 2011 and 2015). The largest increases were in smaller towns, including Gisborne-Macedon (up 310%), Warragul-Drouin (up 237%) Moe-Newborough (up 234%), and Sale (up 192%).
The analysis also found that the characteristics of offenders have changed somewhat over time, with overall increases in the number of female drug use and possession offenders, which were particularly apparent across some regional areas (including Mildura, Horsham, and Shepparton-Mooroopna).
The full research paper can be found here.