Journal article

Crystalline methamphetamine (ice) use prior to youth detention: A forensic concern or a public health issue?

Benjamin Spivak, Stephane Shepherd, Rohan Borschmann, Stuart A Kinner, James RP Ogloff, Henning Hachtel

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

Links between crystalline methamphetamine (CM) use and criminal offending are often drawn in the media; however, there has been little scientific research into this relationship. The aim of this study was to ascertain the prevalence and correlates of lifetime CM use among a sample of young people in detention in Australia and to examine whether an association exists between lifetime CM use and recidivism in this population.The sample included 202 young people (164 males) in youth detention in the state of Victoria, Australia. Participants were administered questionnaires related to lifetime substance use and socio-environmental experiences. Lifetime mental health data and offending data were..

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