Drugs and our Community

REPORT OF THE PREMIER'S DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL MARCH 1996

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Victoria Premier's Drug Advisory Council Drugs and our Community: Report of the Premier's Drug Advisory Council/ Premier's Drug Advisory Council, March 1996.

Melbourne: Victorian Government, 1996. 164 p.; 30 cm Bibliography. ISBN: 0 7306 9227 2 Cover title. 1. Drug utilization - Social aspects - Victoria. 2. Substance abuse - Victoria. I. Title. 362.2909945

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CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS i

OVERVIEW iii

1 BACKGROUND 1

1.1 COUNCIL ACTIVITIES 1

1.2 COMMISSIONED WORK 2

2 ILLICIT DRUGS: CONTEXT AND FACTS 3

2.1 NATURE AND EXTENT OF TRAFFICKING AND USE 4

2.2 DETERRING MANUFACTURE, SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION 29

2.3 PREVENTING USE AND REDUCING HARM 40

2.4 AUSTRALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES 59

3 CHALLENGES AND CHOICES FOR VICTORIA 65

3.1 INTRODUCTION 65

3.2 CURRENT KNOWLEDGE 66

3.3 DEMAND AND SUPPLY TRENDS 68

3.4 DIFFERENT RESPONSES TO DIFFERENT DRUGS 72

3.5 INFORMATION AND HEALTH EDUCATION 77

3.6 SUPPORT AND TREATMENT SERVICES 87

3.7 LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POLICING IN A HARM MINIMISATION STRATEGY 100

3.8 THE LAW 105

3.9 INFRASTRUCTURE 115

4 RECOMMENDATIONS 119

APPENDICES 135