Editor's note

Drug detection dogs have been used for almost 20 years in NSW, with the aim of sniffing out suppliers. But new research from Caitlin Hughes and Winifred Agnew-Pauley shows they’re failing – most people the dogs detect have small amounts of drugs on them, usually cannabis or ecstasy. The authors argue it’s time to redeploy drug dogs from public places to residential premises where there’s a better chance of catching suppliers.

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Fron Jackson-Webb

Deputy Editor/Senior Health + Medicine Editor

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The use of drug dogs leads to riskier drug-taking at festivals. Shutterstock

It’s time to change our drug dog policies to catch dealers, not low-level users at public events

Caitlin Hughes, UNSW; Winifred Agnew-Pauley

It's ineffective to use drug dogs at festivals and in public places because they're much more likely to catch small-time users than suppliers.


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