The Police Drug Diversion Initiative (PDDI) diverts people detected by the police for simple possession drug offences to a health intervention instead of the justice system.

PDDI provides a health-based assessment, delivery of a screening tool and brief intervention sessions (up to two sessions) and ongoing treatment (up to eight sessions, and where appropriate to individuals diverted).

Program details

Who: Under the Controlled Substances Act 1984, a SAPOL officer must divert (with no discretion) an individual for the possession or consumption of a controlled substance (including possession of drug use equipment).

For a child (aged 10-17 years) this includes all illicit substances, while cannabis is excluded for adults (a cannabis expiation notice applies instead).

How: Only police divert people detected for simple possession drug offences to PDDI appointments.

Where: Centacare offers this service across eight metropolitan and three regional sites.


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