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The social supply of pharmaceutical opioids

ISSN: 
2206-7302
ISBN: 
9781925304305
Australian Institute of Criminology
Published: 
5/03/2020
Abstract: 

This study explores the prevalence, predictors and nature of the ‘social supply’ of pharmaceutical opioids among police detainees. Social supply refers to non-commercial drug distribution that occurs between family and friends. Analysing data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program’s surveys of police detainees, this study finds that more than half of the respondents who had used pharmaceutical opioids for non-medical purposes had accessed these drugs through social supply methods. Almost all of these individuals had sourced the opioids from family and friends without paying and the remainder had swapped other drugs for them.

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Sullivan T & Voce I 2020. The social supply of pharmaceutical opioids. Statistical Bulletin no. 20. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. http://aic.gov.au/publications/sb/sb20