Introduction -- Law enforcement and demand reduction -- Police crackdowns -- Court-mandated treatment -- The long-term effect of street-level drug law enforcement -- The potential costs of street-level drug law enforcement -- Purpose of the present study -- Method -- Questionnaire design -- Sampling and survey procedure -- Data editing and analysis -- Results -- Profile of respondents -- Age and gender and social milieu of respondants -- Age of first and regular use -- Health -- Level of participation in MMT -- Expenditure on drugs and MMT -- Attitudes toward MMT -- Main source of income to purchase heroin -- Contact with police -- Contact with the justice system -- The effect of drug law enforcement on entry to methadone treatment -- Reasons for entering MMT -- Bivariate associations with drug law enforcement measure -- Logistic regression models -- The effect of drug law enforcement on safe user practices -- How do police react when they interrupt heroin use? -- Do users inject where they feel safe? -- Injection practices -- Discussion -- The effects of drug law enforcement on treatment experience -- The effect of drug law enforcement on safe injection practices -- Conclusion
Aims to assess whether street-level drug law enforcement encourages heroin users into methadone treatment and to assess the extent to which it promotes unsafe injection practices
"Funded by the National Community Based Approach to Drug Law Enforcement."
"The research was conducted by means of a survey involving face to face interviews with 511 heroin users in central and south western Sydney."--p. viii