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NCJ Number: 191068 Find in a Library
Title: Substance Use by South Australian Young Offenders
Author(s): Aldis Putnins
Date Published: July 2001
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: South Australia Office of Crime Statistics and Research
Adelaide, SA 5001, South Australia
Sale Source: South Australia Office of Crime Statistics and Research
Attorney General's Dept
GPO Box 464
Adelaide, SA 5001,
Australia
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This is a statistical overview of levels of recent psychoactive substance use reported by young offenders resident in South Australian youth detention centers.
Abstract: The paper examines the association between substance use and offender status and the association between substance use and recent criminal activity. The term "psychoactive substances" (or simply "substances") covers a range of chemicals that can have psychological effects and includes both licit (e.g., alcohol, glue) and illicit (e.g., cocaine, LSD) substances. The substances most frequently used by both young offenders and non-offenders were alcohol and marijuana. Alcohol appears to have a stronger direct association with acts of offending, most likely because of its strong disinhibiting properties. The article claims that needle use among youth was relatively common. In light of the risks of blood-borne diseases that can be transmitted by needle sharing, it states that intravenous drug use by young offenders should be a serious public health concern. The article recommends consideration of ways to more effectively restrict adolescents' access to alcohol. It also recommends evaluation of the efficacy of interventions to reduce substance misuse. Tables, figures, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Cocaine; Drug statistics; Intervention; Juvenile drug use; LSD (acid); Marijuana; South Australia; Treatment effectiveness
Note: Office of Crime Statistics Information Bulletin No. 19
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