The NSW Heroin Market in the 1990s

Degenhardt, Louisa, Hall, Wayne D. and Collins, Linette (2004). The NSW Heroin Market in the 1990s. In Louisa Degenhardt and Carolyn Day (Ed.), The course and consequences of the heroin shortage in New South Wales (pp. 3-9) Canberra, A.C.T., Australia: National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF).


Author Degenhardt, Louisa
Hall, Wayne D.
Collins, Linette
Title of chapter The NSW Heroin Market in the 1990s
Title of book The course and consequences of the heroin shortage in New South Wales
Place of Publication Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
Publisher National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF)
Publication Year 2004
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Year available 2004
Series Technical report / NDARC ; no. 204
ISBN 064247429X
Editor Louisa Degenhardt
Carolyn Day
Chapter number 1
Start page 3
End page 9
Total pages 7
Total chapters 12
Language eng
Subjects 111706 Epidemiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract/Summary .
Formatted Abstract/Summary
• The 1990s was a time of significant change in the heroin market in NSW.
• Sydney remained central to the importation and trafficking of heroin.
• The role of law enforcement in the heroin market was affected by inadequate funding,
long standing corruption in NSW and the effects of enquiries into this corruption in the
mid 1990s.
• South East Asian heroin trafficking groups obtained a significant share of the heroin
market in Australia following disruption of the supply of South East Asian heroin to the
United States.
• Rising heroin use was reflected in a steep increase in opioid overdose deaths and
increasing numbers of people entering methadone maintenance treatment.
• Drug users reported heroin availability increased, purity was high and price decreased.
• There was an increase in the number of locations or “markets” from which heroin was
distributed, to include Kings Cross, Redfern and Cabramatta. Heroin was easily available from all these locations.
Keyword Heroin Dependence - New South Wales
Drug abuse - New South Wales
Heroin abuse --- Treatment -- New South Wales
Drug control -- New South Wales
Drug addicts -- New South Wales
Drug abuse and crime -- New South Wales
Q-Index Code B1
Additional Notes Monograph series (National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (Australia), 1449-7476 ; no. 4 The research on which this report was based was funded by the national Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, an initiative of the National Drug Strategy.

 
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