NT Drug Trends 2009 : Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)
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Australian Drug Trends Series No. 44
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106 13 IMPLICATIONS The findings of the 2009 NT IDRS imply that: The illicit drug market in the NT should continue to be monitored for changes in price, purity and availability trends, and evidence of related harms. The use of diverted pharmaceuticals and related harms should be monitored with particular attention paid to the impact of changes in S8 prescribing practices on the illicit drug market. The use of over-the-counter pain medications among injecting drug users should be investigated further. Patterns and prevalence of illicit benzodiazepine use and consequent injection related health problems should be monitored. Given KE questions about the level of crystal methamphetamine use in the NT it would be appropriate to investigate this issue further.