Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

​​Use/possess illicit drug offences

In NSW it is an offence to be in possession of a non-commercial quantity and/or use of an illicit drug or other controlled substance.

Tables: Use possess illicit drug offences

Trends in incidents recorded by the NSW Police

Below we present data showing 10 year trends in the number of use/possess drug incidents recorded by the NSW Police by drug type and region.

Regional breakdown

We next turn to look at regional patterns in drug possession. The map below shows the location of incidents of use/possess drug offences by drug type. 

Trends in offenders proceeded against

The next section presents data showing 10 year trends in police proceedings for drug possession by method of legal proceeding, age and drug type.

Persons found guilty in court and penalties received

Finally we explore the penalties recieved by those offenders sentenced in court for drug possession by drug type.