Territory Stories

NT Drug Trends 2009 : Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)



NT Drug Trends 2009 : Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)


Northern Territory drug trends; PublicationNT; E-Journals




Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.


C. Moon




Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Statistics -- Periodicals; Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Drug abuse surveys -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre; University of New South Wales

Place of publication

Sydney (N.S.W.)


Australian Drug Trends Series No. 44

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

102 12.2 Chronic Physical health Substantial proportions of the IDRS participants have been diagnosed with asthma (32%, Table 74), heart or circulatory conditions other than stroke (25%) and gout, rheumatism or arthritis (23%). Asthma was diagnosed at an early median age of 8 years, while other chronic conditions were diagnosed at a median age of 24 years or over. With the exception of stroke, four out of ten or more had received treatment for their condition within 12 months of interview. Table 74: Lifetime diagnosed, age and treatment for chronic conditions, 2009 Ever diagnosed (% participants) Age first diagnosed (median) Received treatment in last 12 months (% diagnosed) Asthma 31 8 42 Cancer 8 31 50 A stroke (or effects a stroke) 5 24 0 Any (other) heart or circulatory condition 24 35 46 Gout, rheumatism or arthritis 22 29 64 Diabetes or high blood sugar levels 4 32 50 Source: IDRS participants