Blog: Australian Crime Commission reports on performance enhancing drugs

3 August 2012

ASADA invited the Australian Crime Commission to write a blog article reporting on their recently released Illicit Drug Data Report 2010-11. This report recorded the highest number of performance and image enhancing drugs detected at the Australian border, in a decade.

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The only report of its kind, the Australia Crime Commission’s annual Illicit Drug Data Report provides a snapshot of the Australian illicit drug market. The report brings together illicit drug data from a variety of sources including law enforcement, health and academia. Now in its ninth edition, the illicit Drug Data Report provides an important evidence base to assist decision-makers in developing strategies to combat the threat posed by illicit drugs.

The Australian Crime Commission’s latest Illicit Drug Data Report has highlighted an increase in national steroid seizures and arrests.

Both the number and weight of national steroid seizures increased in 2010–11 and are currently the highest reported in the last decade.  National steroid arrests increased by 16 per cent, from 314 in 2009-10 to 365 in 2010-11 and are the highest on record. Since 2007-08, Queensland has accounted for the highest number of steroid arrests, accounting for 63 per cent of national steroid arrests in 2010-11.

At the border, the number of performance and image enhancing drugs detected increased by 106 per cent, from 2 695 in 2009-10 to 5 561 in 2010-11. This is also the highest number recorded in the last decade. Steroids accounted for 81 per cent of border detections.

The 2010–11 report indicates the United States is a major embarkation point for anabolic agents and other selected hormones detected at the Australian border during that period. Other prominent embarkation points included Thailand, Canada and China.

The postal stream was the most common method of importation during this reporting period, accounting for 91 per cent of detections. This is a change from 2009-10, when the air passenger stream accounted for the majority of detections.

Compared to other illicit drugs, the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey indicates there is only a small illicit steroid user group in Australia, with 0.1 per cent of the Australian population aged 14 years and over reporting recent illicit anabolic steroid use.[1]

To access the IDDR please click this link IDDR 2010-11.

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[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011, ‘2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report’.