‘Three out of four people arrested and detained by police in Darwin are under the influence of illicit drugs, research shows.
Australian Institute of Criminology data reveals 73 per cent of Darwin detainees tested positive to cannabis in July and August, steadily increasing from 46 per cent in January last year.
Another 8 per cent tested positive to methylamphetamine, the drug commonly known as speed.
The data, compiled under the AIC’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program (DUMA), shows a steady increase in the number of offenders testing positive to cannabis.
Drug Free Australia executive officer Jo Baxter said there was a common misconception that cannabis was a “soft” drug.’