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In collaboration with the WA Police and the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program seeks to measure drug use among people recently apprehended by police.
The School of Law and Justice are contracted by the Australian Institute of Criminology to manage the West Australian collection site. ECU Interviewers survey detainees about their criminological background and drug and alcohol history and use. It is validated by urinalysis.
DUMA currently collects quarterly drug use information from police detainees. The collection is the only ongoing survey of offenders. The program examines the relationship between drugs and crime, and monitors local drug markets and drug use patterns by detainees across time.
DUMA seeks to aid in community planning, monitoring and resource allocation, and represents an important source of data for state and federal policy-makers. Data collected through DUMA sites provides a research and evaluation tool for local analysts, policy-makers and practitioners.