Amphetamine users and crime in Western Australia, 1999-2009

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Journal Article


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Law and Justice




Gately, N. J., Fleming, J. R., Morris, R. J., & McGregor, C. (2012). Amphetamine users and crime in Western Australia, 1999-2009. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 437(1), 1-6.


Statistics consistently highlight a higher prevalence of the use of amphetamines in Western Australia compared with other Australian drug markets. It is the third most commonly used drug in Western Australia behind cannabis and ecstasy. Using data collected by Drugs Use Monitoring Australia (DUMA) program at the East Perth watch-house, researchers from Edith Cowan University explore the relationship between amphetamine use and the crimes committed by detainees who have used this drug. Findings include that amphetamine users are more likely to commit property, robbery and weapons offences than users of other drugs. However, users are no more prone to violent offences, which supports other studies of amphetamine users and their criminal behaviours. It is also concluded that the failure to reduce the use of amphetamines has a cumulative social and health cost to the community.

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