Psychostimulant use and reckless or violent behaviour (REV-UP Study)

  • Research program:
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: February 1996
  • Expected end date: December 1999
  • Completion date: December 1999
  • Funded by: National Drug Crime Prevention Fund
  • Lead organisation:

This pilot project developed a methodology for interviewing police suspects, to investigate whether they had experienced reckless and/or violent (including criminal) behaviour which appeared to be associated with use of psychostimulants and/or other licit or illicit drugs, and whether they attributed such behaviour to their use of psychostimulants and/or other licit or illicit drugs. The project contributed to an understanding of some of the possible consequences of psychostimulant use - reckless and violent behaviour - and offered some evidence relating patterns of criminal behaviour to patterns of drug use, so that changes in criminal behaviour which might occur as a result of changes in drug use could be better predicted.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Co-investigator: Associate Professor Wendy Loxley, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Jude Bevan,

Loxley, W. (2001). Drug use, intoxication and offence type in two groups of alleged offenders in Perth. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 34, (1), pp. 91-104. [RJ325] Abstract

Loxley, W. and Bevan, J., S. (1999). Revved Up: The Psychostimulant Use and Reckless or Violent Behaviour Study. National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Division of Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. [T81]