Chris Wilkins

Research Projects

04 Oct 17
Commissioned
with: NZ Police categories: ResearchCrime & SafetyDrugs & Alcohol

The aim of the New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring (NZ-ADUM) study is to monitor trends in alcohol and other drug use among police detainees in New Zealand, and to document the harms associated with this substance use. NZ-ADUM tracks key indicators of illegal drug markets, such as availability and price, and identifies emergent new drug types, such as synthetic cannabinoids. NZ-ADUM also assesses the level of demand for drug treatment services among police detainees, and the barriers they experience in accessing these services. The 2016 NZ-ADUM interviewed 800 police detainees at four central city police watch houses (i.e. Whangarei, Auckland Central, Wellington Central and Christchurch Central) from June to October 2016. Urine samples were collected from 202 of the interviewed detainees to confirm the drug types used. This report presents the findings from the 2016 NZ-ADUM and compares them with the previous five years of the study.

10 Aug 16
Commissioned
with: NZ Police categories: ResearchCrime & SafetyDrugs & Alcohol

This report presents the findings of research on the socio-economic impact of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS) in New Zealand. ATS are a group of synthetic illicit drug types which include methamphetamine, ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine (known as ‘ice’). The work presented draws on a number of innovative research approaches and methodologies, many of which were tried for the first time in New Zealand during the project. 
 
The central aim of the research was to inform the policy response, best practice and strategic planning by New Zealand Police and other relevant government agencies with regard to the recent rise in the use and manufacture of ATS drugs. However because many agencies other than the Police deal with drug problems, the findings reported here have relevance for any organisations responding to ATS problems. 
 
 

02 Dec 15
Commissioned
with: NZ Police categories: MonitoringResearchCrime & SafetyDrugs & Alcohol

The New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring (NZ-ADUM) study monitors levels of alcohol and other drug use, and related criminal offending, among police detainees in Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch central city police stations (see Wilkins et al., 2010b). NZ-ADUM tracks key drugs of concern, including methamphetamine, cannabis, opioids, pharmaceutical medicines and new psychoactive substances (NPS) (so called ‘legal highs’), as well as the emergence of entirely new drugs. NZ-ADUM also documents levels of alcohol and drug related harm, demand for drug treatment services, and changes in key illegal drug market indicators, such as availability and price.

This report presents the findings from the 2014 NZ-ADUM and compares them with the findings from the previous four years of the study.

17 Sep 15
Completed
with: NZ Police categories: EvaluationMonitoringResearchCrime & SafetyLaw & JusticeDrugs & Alcohol

The latest New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring Programme Report (NZ-ADUM) has found that 41 % of people detained by police had been drinking prior to their arrest.

The NZ-ADUM study is an annual Massey University study that has been funded by Police since 2010. During the 2013 study 848 detainees were interviewed and 201 urine samples were taken at four police watch houses between April 2013 and July 2013. The study compares the 2013 findings with previous research from 2010, 2011 and 2012 to establish trends.

The survey participants were interviewed at Whangārei, Auckland Central, Wellington Central and Christchurch Central watch houses. Participation is optional and all information provided remains confidential.

16 Sep 15
Completed
with: NZ Police categories: EvaluationMonitoringResearch

The aim of the New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring (NZ‐ADUM) is to monitor trends in alcohol and drug use among police detainees and investigate the role alcohol and drug use plays in criminal offending. The 2011 NZ‐ADUM interviewed 828 police detainees at Whangarei, Auckland Central, Wellington Central and Christchurch Central police watch houses about their drug use and criminal offending.

This report presents the findings from the 2011 NZADUM and compares them with the previous 2010 NZ‐ADUM wave. The completion of the interviews at the Christchurch site in 2011 was delayed by six months due to the earthquakes there and this delayed the overall completion of the study.

16 Sep 15
Completed
with: NZ Police categories: EvaluationMonitoringResearchCrime & SafetyLaw & JusticeDrugs & Alcohol

The aim of the New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring (NZ‐ADUM) to measure the level of alcohol and drug use by police detainees and investigate the role alcohol and drug use plays in criminal offending.

NZADUM also monitors trends in drug use and drug markets; documents alcohol and drug related harm; measures the demand for alcohol and drug treatment among detainees; and seeks to identify underlying drivers of drug use and offending among detainees.

18 Feb 15
Completed
with: Ministry of Health: MoH categories: EvaluationMonitoringCrime & SafetyLaw & JusticeIncome & WealthDrugs & AlcoholHealthcare

The IDMS was established in 2005 to provide ongoing and timely information on changes in drug use and drug-related harm in New Zealand. It is conducted annually as part of the National Drug Policy. The data collected in the IDMS is intended to be used by a wide range of people to inform appropriate and timely responses to drug use in New Zealand

18 Feb 15
Completed
with: Ministry of Health: MoH categories: HealthcareMonitoringEvaluationDrugs & AlcoholLocal Government

Findings from the locations of the 2006 and 2007 Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS)

The IDMS was established in 2005 to provide ongoing and timely information on changes in drug use and drug-related harm in New Zealand. It is conducted annually as part of the National Drug Policy. The data collected in the IDMS is intended to be used by a wide range of people to inform appropriate and timely responses to drug use in New Zealand

18 Feb 15
Completed
with: Ministry of Health: MoH categories: EvaluationMonitoringLaw & JusticeDrugs & AlcoholHealthcare

The IDMS was established in 2005 to provide ongoing and timely information on changes in drug use and drug-related harm in New Zealand. It is conducted annually as part of the National Drug Policy. The data collected in the IDMS is intended to be used by a wide range of people to inform appropriate and timely responses to drug use in New Zealand.