Research on drugs and crime

The following agencies and surveys produce some of the data that informs the NSW Police Force response to drugs:

  • The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) monitors the price, purity, availability and patterns of use of illicit drugs such as heroin, methylamphetamine, cocaine and pharmaceutical opioids among urban samples of people who use drugs nationally. 

  • The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) monitors the price, purity, availability and patterns of use of illicit drugs such as ecstasy, methylamphetamine, cocaine, ketamine, GHB, LSD and NPS among people who regularly use ecstasy (MDMA).

  • The National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) is a 3 yearly national survey providing cross sectional data on alcohol and other drug use in Australia, including estimates of licit and illicit drug use and measurement of community attitudes to drug use and drug-related policies.


  • Australian Crime Commission (ACC) Illicit Drug Data Reports provide annual statistical overviews of illicit drug arrests and seizures as well as profiling the current situation, national impact and the emerging illicit drug trends and threats. The ACC also publishes annual Organised Crime in Australia assessments.

  • The Australian Institute of Criminology undertakes research on a range of issues including links between drug use and criminal activity and patterns of drug use amongst police detainees.