Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and drugs have a significant impact on the community and on the frontline resources of the Western Australia Police Force.

Police encounter a range of drug related problems including: 

  • Drug possession, trafficking, cultivation, manufacture
  • Property crime (research shows that drug users not only commit property crime to generate income but also commit crimes under the influence of a drug [intoxication²])
  • Violent crime, assault, family violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Fatal and non-fatal overdose
  • Drink and drug driving
  • Loss of public amenity – disturbances, public intoxication, anti-social behaviour, vandalism, property damage, loitering to buy drugs, discarding drug use equipment in public places
  • Dangers to police from clandestine labs, violence and needle stick injuries.
  • Drink-spiking

    Drink spiking occurs when alcohol or another substance is added to your drink without your knowledge. Drink spiking is illegal and serious.

    Click here more information on Drink Spiking.

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