What drug types drove increases in drug use and possession offences over the past decade?

Research paper released: What drug types drove increases in drug use and possession offences over the past decade?

The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has today released its fifth ‘in brief’ research paper titled What drug types drove increases in drug use and possession offences in Victoria over the past decade?

The research shows that while cannabis accounted for almost 40% of all drug use and possession offences recorded in the year to March 2016, over the past five years there have been significant increases in the rates of ecstasy, methamphetamine, prescription and ‘other’ drug offences. The only decrease over the past five years was in the rate of use or possess amphetamine offences. Use and possession of heroin offences remained stable from 2006 to 2016.

The publication web page also includes an interactive map where you can view the breakdown of drug types involved in drug use and possession offences by Local Government Area over the past ten years.

The full research paper and interactive map can be found here.

The media release for this publication can be accessed here.