Tasmanian attitudes to drug checking and decriminalisation of illicit drugs

The Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Council (Tas) put forward two questions to the EMRS Omnibus poll back in February – these were on attitudes to drug checking and decriminalisation of illicit drugs.

What were the findings?

  • Almost two thirds of Tasmanians (65%) supported allowing people to test their pills or drugs at designated sites to inform them of the purity and the substance.
  • 85% of Tasmanians believe there should be some form of penalty for drug possession (e.g. caution, fines, referral to treatment), however only 4% believed that a prison sentence was the best action to take.
  • Referral to a treatment or education program (36%) was the most commonly believed best action for people found with small quantities of illicit drugs for personal use.

These statistics were sourced from the ATDC March eNews 2024   

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