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

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Title

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

Collection

Northern Territory drug trends; PublicationNT; E-Journals

Date

2010

Description

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.

Notes

C. Moon

Language

English

Subject

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.)

Volume

Australian Drug Trends Series No. 44

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/261141

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/488949

Page content

44 Table 17 shows the forms of cocaine most used by participants in the six months prior to interview; as in previous years, powder is the most frequently reported form of cocaine used. Table 17: Forms of cocaine used previous six months, % participants, 2003-2009 2003 n=109 2004 n=111 2005 n=107 2006 n=100 2007 n=106 2008 n=103 2009 n=99 Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Powder 4 4 13 11 8 8 4 4 8 7 3 2 10 5 Rock - - - - - - - - - - 0 0 4 2 Crack 0 0 3 2 2 1 3 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 Source: IDRS participant interviews 6.2 Price One respondent reported purchasing cocaine in 2009, paying $80 for a cap (Table 18). Figure 15 suggests that cocaine prices have been fairly stable over time, although in some years no participants reported a purchase and in all years the number able to report have been small, suggesting caution. Table 18: Price of most recent cocaine purchases by participants, 2009 Amount Median price* $ Range $ Number of purchasers* Cap 80 - 1 Quarter gram 300 - 1 Halfweight (0.5 g) - - - Gram 250 - 1 Figure 15: Median price of a gram and cap of cocaine estimated from participant purchases, 2004-2009 Source: IDRS participant interviews 6.3 Availability No respondents in 2008 were able to comment on cocaine availability or source. This year 5 respondents were able to comment, reporting cocaine availability as easy (n=2, Table 19) or difficult (n=2) and recent availability as stable (n=2) or more difficult (n=2) . 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 M ed ia n p ri ce Gram Cap