Injecting drug users (IDU) are frequently interviewed regarding drug use, risk behaviours and criminality, but far less frequently about their attitudes towards drug-related issues.
Ten years post the Portuguese decriminalisation of the use, acquisition and possession of all illicit drugs, a number of diametrically opposed policy conclusions have emerged from evidence-informed analyses of the reform.
Although “evidence-based” policy is a goal for many, the realities of democratic politics dictate that most policy decisions also need to be acceptable to a majority of the voting population.
There is a growing body of research evidence demonstrating the impact of a range of pre-sentence diversion options at engaging substance misusing defendants in treatment, and reducing illicit drug use and ‘related’ offending in both Australian and British contexts.
There is a lack of knowledge about the offending profiles of MDMA offenders and the optimal means of policing MDMA.
The current project is concerned with elucidating a little known phenomenon in retail level illicit drug markets: the supply of illicit drugs within social networks. There is very little published empirical research in this area, a fact which itself strikes a call for further research. Drug pol