Illicit drug use and responses in six Pacific Island countries

Devaney, Madonna L., Reid, Gary, Baldwin, Simon, Crofts, Nick and Power, Robert (2006) Illicit drug use and responses in six Pacific Island countries. Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 4: 387-390. doi:10.1080/09595230600741396

Author Devaney, Madonna L.
Reid, Gary
Baldwin, Simon
Crofts, Nick
Power, Robert
Title Illicit drug use and responses in six Pacific Island countries
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
Publication date 2006-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09595230600741396
Volume 25
Issue 4
Start page 387
End page 390
Total pages 4
Place of publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We report here on the illicit drug situation in six Pacific nations: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. The report is based on the 'Situational analysis of illicit drug issues and responses in Asia and the Pacific, commissioned by the Australian National Council on Drugs Asia Pacific Drug Issues Committee. The situational analysis was a comprehensive desk-based review; data sources included published and unpublished literature and information from key informants. A range of psychoactive substances have been used traditionally across the Pacific region. Cannabis is the by far the most common and widespread illicit drug used in the six Pacific Islands reviewed. Drugs such as heroin, methamphetamines and cocaine are not used commonly due to their high cost compared to the average income. Currently, there is no overall regional or country-based illicit drug policy for the Pacific and few treatment programs; limited data exist to aid in understanding illicit drug use and the harms associated with its use in the Pacific. This review highlights the urgent need for strategic alcohol and drug research in the Pacific as a foundation for the development of policy. [Devaney ML, Reid G, Baldwin S, Crofts N, Power R. Illicit drug use and responses in six Pacific Island countries.
Keyword Cannabis
Illicit Drug
Situation assessment
Papua New Guinea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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