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Alcohol and drugs

Crime and disorder within the community is often influenced by legal and illegal drug use.

Legal and illegal drugs include:

  • alcohol
  • medications
  • stimulants
  • cannabis
  • opioids
  • hallucinogens.

South Australia Police works to minimise the harm of drug use by: 

  • reducing supply
  • reducing demand
  • reducing drug related harm.

By minimising harm, outcomes for everyone in the community are improved.

Alcohol and drugs response

We reduce demand by:

  • diverting illicit drug users into treatment programs.

We reduce supply by:

  • targeting the manufacture of illegal drugs
  • disrupting the market for selling drugs and dealing on the street
  • monitoring the diversion of chemicals and equipment and investigating their use for making illegal drugs.

We reduce harm by:

  • focusing on the impact of substance abuse on local communities
  • enforcing road safety by conducting random roadside breath and saliva tests
  • enforcing licensing requirements at places where alcohol is sold.

Contacts

Email South Australia Police

Related information

National Drug Strategy 2010-2015

South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2011-2016