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Bongs, syringes and other equipment

Information about bongs, ice pipes, cocaine kits and tablet presses.

Certain drug equipment such as bongs, cocaine kits, ice pipes and tablet presses are prohibited in various ways.

Bongs, cocaine kits and ice pipes cannot be displayed for sale or sold, but it is not an offence to possess one of these items. These are defined in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic) (the Drugs Act), but in general:

  • a bong is a water pipe used for inhaling cannabis
  • a cocaine kit is 2 or more of the following packaged together to allow for the consumption of cocaine:
    • a razor blade
    • a tube
    • a mirror
    • a scoop
    • a glass bottle
    • any other item to prepare for introduction, or to introduce, cocaine into the body of a person.
  • an ice pipe is a device for used consuming methylamphetamine (by inhalation or smoking)
  • a syringe is a device used for introducing methamphetamines, heroin, benzodiazepines and other drugs directly into the bloodstream.

See Part VA, VAB—Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Syringes

While it is not an offence to have a syringe, if a person is caught carrying one this may be used as evidence to support the offence of possession. For example, if a person is trying to dispute having any knowledge of some heroin in their lounge room, the fact that they have a syringe in their wallet may add to the prosecution case that the heroin belonged to them.

Supply to others is not an offence

From 4 August 2021, is no longer an offence to supply a sterile syringe to someone else.

Until this time, supplying another person with a sterile syringe was criminalised under the section dealing with inciting the commission of an offence. Only pharmacies and needle exchange programs were authorised to distribute sterile syringes.

This change is due to the recognition that it is common practice among drug users for one person to get a supply of syringes from a chemist or needle exchange program and to give them to others who are planning to inject drugs. This change is necessary to prevent the spread of blood borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

See s. 80(8)—Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

Penalties

Possession of any substances, materials, documents or equipment for use in the manufacture and trafficking in drugs is a serious offence (10 years maximum), as is possession of a tablet press or precursor chemicals and apparatus (6 years maximum or 600 penalty units or both).

See Part VA-VC—Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

More information

Legislation

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)

Parts VA, VAB and VC—sale of bongs, cocaine kits and ice pipes

  • s. 71A—possession of substance, material, documents or equipment for use in the manufacture and trafficking in drugs of dependence
  • ss. 71C, 71D—possession of a tablet press and precursor chemicals
  • s. 80—Inciting & etc
  • s. 80A—cocaine kits

See Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

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