Patterns From Multiple Indicators of Illicit Drug Use in Queensland, Australia: Implications for Effective Illicit Drug Use Interventuions

Paul Mazerolle, The University of Queensland
Mark Lynch, Crime and Misconduct Commission
Julianne Buckman, Crime and Misconduct Commission

An important issue for effectively informing policy initiatives on illicit drug concerns accessing timely and diverse indicators of illicit drug use. Embracing such a multiple indicator approach, in this paper we explore the recent patterns of illicit drug use among various populations in Queensland, Australia. In particular, we explore recent information from a systematic, state wide household survey on illicit drug use, results from Drug Use Monitoring of Arrestees (DUMA which is identical to ADAM in the USA) surveys, and results from a trial survey of individuals entering hospital emergency rooms. Our analysis examines the nature of the patterns of illicit drug use across these diverse indicators, paying particular attention to the degree of overlap and disjunction revealed from this information. Implications for National and State-level policy initiatives aimed at reducing illicit drug use are discussed in light of the information revealed across such diverse indicators.

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