1307.8 - Australian Capital Territory in Focus, 2007  
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ILLICIT DRUG, ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO USE

In the ACT during 2004-05, there were 378 arrests for either consuming or providing illicit drugs. This represented a decrease of 8% (413 arrests) from 2003-04. The largest proportion of these (60%, or 228 arrests) were for Cannabis. This was followed by Amphetamine-type stimulants (25%, or 94 arrests), and Heroin and other opioids (9%, or 35 arrests). Males accounted for 85% (323) of the total arrests related to illicit drugs in the ACT in 2004-05.

7.8 Illicit drug use arrests, ACT - 2004-05

Consumer
Provider
Total(a)
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Cannabis
156
22
178
40
10
50
196
32
228
Cocaine
2
1
3
4
-
4
6
1
7
Steroids
3
1
4
2
-
2
5
1
6
Heroin and other opioids
18
4
22
13
-
13
31
4
35
Amphetamine-type stimulants
51
7
58
27
9
36
78
16
94
Other and unknown drugs
3
1
4
1
-
1
4
1
5
Total
236
36
272
87
19
106
323
55
378

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes those offenders for whom consumer/provider status was not stated. Total may exceed the sum of the table components.
Australian Crime Commission, Illicit Drug Data Report, 2004-05.



Closed treatments

Closed treatments are defined as a period of contact between a client and a treatment agency, with defined dates of commencement and cessation.


During 2004-05, nine government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies supplied data for the ACT. During this period, these service providers registered a total of 4,200 clients for closed treatments. The number of closed treatments was highest for clients aged 20-29 years (1,600 treatments). The most common principal drugs that clients were treated for were Alcohol (43%), Heroin (27%), and Cannabis (19%).

7.9 Closed treatment(a), Principal drug of concern by age group - ACT and Australia - 2004-05

ACT
10-19 years
20-29 years
30-39 years
40-49 years
50-59 years
60 years
and over
Total(b)
Australia
%
no.

Principal drug (%)
Alcohol
20.8
27.9
45.5
65.6
83.9
85.5
42.7
37.2
50 324
Amphetamines
11.9
9.7
9.1
4.2
2.4
-
8.2
10.9
14 780
Benzodiazepines
0.7
0.7
0.9
1.2
1.2
4.8
1.0
1.9
2 538
Cannabis
51.7
19.5
13.8
9.2
5.5
9.6
18.6
23.0
31 044
Cocaine
0.7
0.1
0.2
-
0.4
-
0.2
0.3
400
Ecstasy
0.2
0.5
0.1
0.1
-
-
0.3
0.4
580
Heroin
13.3
39.7
27.9
18.0
6.3
-
27.4
17.2
23 193
Methadone
-
1.4
1.7
1.3
0.4
-
1.2
1.8
2 454
Nicotine
-
0.1
0.3
0.1
-
-
0.1
1.8
2 478
Morphine
0.5
0.1
0.3
-
-
-
0.2
1.0
1 389
Other(c)
0.2
0.1
0.2
-
-
-
0.1
3.7
5 033
Total (%)(d)
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
. .
Total (no.)(d)
437.0
1 607.0
1 115.0
695.0
254.0
83.0
4 206.0
. .
135 202

. . not applicable
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Excludes treatment episodes for clients seeking treatment for the drug use of others.
(b) Includes not stated for age.
(c) Includes balance of principal drugs of concern coded according to Australian Standard Classification of Drugs of Concern.
(d) Includes not stated for principal drug of concern.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in the Australian Capital Territory: Findings from the National Minimum Data Set, 2004-05.


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