Drug arrests from 1996–97 to 2006–07, by type of drug (number per year)
a: Includes hallucinogens, steroids and other drugs (not defined elsewhere)
- Since 1996–97, there has been a small overall decline of three percent in the annual number of arrests for drug offences. From 2005–06 to 2006–07, drug arrests increased by five percent.
- Arrests for cannabis and heroin have both declined since 1996–97, by 18 percent and 70 percent respectively.
- Arrests for amphetamines have more than tripled, increasing by 260 percent since 1996–97.
- In 1996–97, 81 percent of drug arrests involved cannabis, compared with 69 percent in 2006–07.
Publications and data sources - Australia
Illicit drug data report (previously Australian illicit drug report)
Australian Crime Commission. Annual report providing statistics about drug arrests, seizures and detection by Australia's law enforcement agencies.
Australian Customs annual reports
Annual data on drug detections/seizures
Australian drug trends
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)
Australian trends in ecstasy and related drugs markets
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)
Illicit drug use, sources of Australian data, 2001
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001
Publications and data sources - other countries and international
International Narcotics Control Board
Annual reports on the state of the drugs problem in the European Union and Norway
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
UK Home Office. Crime statistics for England and Wales
Global illicit drug trends
United Nations International Drug Control Programme, annual reports
World drug reports
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime