Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/01/2005
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The traffic in, and abuse of, illicit drugs results in significant social and financial costs to both individuals and the community. To minimise the harm associated with illicit drug activity, there is close cooperation between the Australian Government, the state and territory governments, the various police services and other law enforcement agencies. Included in these agencies is the ACS which has, among other things, responsibility for the enforcement of laws controlling the import and export of illicit drugs. These agencies direct particular attention to monitoring the various types and forms of illicit drugs and identifying emerging patterns of use through the analysis of law enforcement data on illicit drug seizures and arrests.
Arrests for most types of drugs increased between 2001-02 and 2002-03 (graph 11.15). Heroin arrests rose by 17% to 3,824 after declining markedly between 1998-99 and 2001-02. Amphetamines arrests increased by 5%, continuing the increase that occurred between 1997-98 and 2000-01. Arrests and infringement notices for cannabis rose slightly to 55,689, after declining steadily between 1997-98 and 2000-01. The only drug type to show a clear decrease in arrests in 2002-03 was cocaine, which declined by 59% to 250.
Information on the widespread problems arising from drug abuse in Australia, and on how these problems are being approached, is presented in the Australian Illicit Drug Report produced by the ACC.
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