Publications

All NDLERF publications, listed by most recent release date.

July 2008

Application of new DNA markers for forensic examination of Cannabis sativa seizures Developmental validation of protocols and a genetic database
Monograph 29

While Cannabis sativa has many industrial and therapeutic uses, drug varieties of C. sativa remain Australia?s most frequently used illicit drug. It is widely presumed that organised crime groups largely supply the domestic black market for C. sativa. However, law enforcement agencies are often unable to link producers operating in suspected syndicates or to determine whether crops of legalised fibre varieties are being used for the covert production of drug varieties of the plant.

February 2008

Comparative rates of violent crime amongst methamphetamine and opioid users: Victimisation and offending
Research Summary 32

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

January 2008

Predicting alcohol-related harms from licensed outlet density: A feasibility study
Monograph 28

The overall aim of this feasibility study was to progress the development of an Australian model sensitive to local risk factors to help authorities determine appropriate liquor outlet densities for minimising alcohol-related harms within communities.

Predicting alcohol-related harms from licensed outlet density: A feasibility study
Research Summary 28

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

October 2007

Containing ecstasy: analytical tools for profiling an illegal drug market
Research Summary 27

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

September 2007

Estimating the short-term cost of police time spent dealing with alcohol-related crime in NSW
Research Summary 25

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

August 2007

Making Sense of Partnerships A study of police and housing department collaboration for tackling drug and related problems on public housing estates
Monograph 26

Making Sense of Partnerships A study of police and housing department collaboration for tackling drug and related problems on public housing estates
Research Summary 26

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

Benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid misuse and their relationship to crime Northern Territory report
Research Summary 24

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

Benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid misuse and their relationship to crime Tasmanian Report
Monograph 22

The purpose of this major research project was to contribute to law enforcement sector understanding of the relationship between benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid misuse and crime in three select Australian jurisdictions (Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory) where there is evidence of illicit prescription pharmaceutical markets. This report focuses on the Tasmanian aspect of the study. While the primary focus of the study remains on law enforcement interests in relation to licit and illicit benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid markets, these are discussed in relation to the broader public health implications of supply reduction efforts in a harm minimisation framework.

Benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid misuse and their relationship to crime Tasmanian report
Research Summary 22

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

Benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid misuse and their relationship to crime Victorian Report
Research Summary 23

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

Benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid misuse and their relationship to crime - An examination of illicit prescription drug markets in Melbourne, Hobart and Darwin National Overview report
Monograph 21

The National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund sought tenders in 2002 for research to enhance law enforcement sector understanding of the structure and functioning of illicit drug markets in Australia - with a particular focus on illicit markets for prescription pharmaceuticals namely benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioids, their misuse and impact on crime in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, where there is evidence of illicit prescription pharmaceutical markets. While the primary focus of the study remains on law enforcement interests in relation to licit and illicit benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid markets, where warranted these are discussed in relation to the broader public health implications of the range of interventions potentially available as a response to the markets being examined, and their impact. This report presents a review of the literature, an overview of study methodology, key findings and jurisdiction-specific discussion points. The section outlining the key findings is structured according to the main study themes of market characteristics, diversion and links to crime, implications for police and other front line workers, and interventions.

Benzodiazepine and pharmaceutical opioid misuse and their relationship to crime National Overview
Research Summary 21

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

April 2007

The impact of drugs on road crashes, assaults and other trauma - a prospective trauma toxicology study
Monograph 20

The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and patterns of use of specific recreational drugs in all patients with injuries requiring assessment by a trauma team at the Royal Adelaide Hospital over a one-year period. The other specific objectives included determining an estimate of the prevalence and patterns of drug use, and severity of injury, in patients presenting to the Emergency Department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital (patients of lesser severity of injury not requiring trauma service management) following a motor vehicle accident and other trauma. It also aimed to examine the correlation between drug use and mechanism, pattern, and severity of injury in patients presenting to the Royal Adelaide Hospital following a motor vehicle accident, and the epidemiological and demographic patterns associated with drug use and trauma.

The impact of drugs on road crashes, assaults and other trauma - a prospective trauma toxicology study
Research Summary 20

Plain English summary and implications for police prepared by Roger Nicholas.

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