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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

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Parent handle

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

Citation address

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

Page content

47 6.4 Purity No respondents were able to comment on the purity of cocaine in 2008. In 2009, participants assessed cocaine purity as medium (60%, Table 21) and that the level of purity had been stable (60%) in the six months prior to interview. Table 21: Participant perceptions of cocaine purity in the past six months, 2005-2007, 2009 2005 n=107 2006 n=100 2007 n=106 2009 n=99 Did not respond* (%) 84 93 94 95 Did respond (%) 16 7 6 5 Of those who responded Current purity High (%) 33 14 17 20 Medium (%) 44 14 67 60 Low (%) 0 29 0 20 Fluctuates (%) 0 43 17 0 Dont know^ (%) 22 0 0 0 Change last six months Increasing (%) 0 0 0 0 Stable (%) 33 71 17 60 Decreasing (%) 11 29 17 0 Fluctuating (%) 11 0 67 40 Dont know^ (%) 44 0 0 0 Source: IDRS participant interviews * Did not respond refers to participants who did not feel confident enough in their knowledge of the cocaine market to respond to survey items ^ Dont know refers to participants who responded to survey items on price and/or availability of cocaine, but had not had enough contact with users and/or dealers, or had not used often enough to feel able to respond to items concerning purity 6.5 Trends in cocaine use Recent use and injection of cocaine among the survey sample increased to 12% and 8% respectively, the highest levels reported since 2003. In contrast to this increase, KEs continue to report that cocaine use in the NT is rare, possibly consistent with the small numbers of survey participants able to comment on the price, purity and availability of cocaine.