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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

55 8 OPIOIDS 8.1 Illicit methadone 8.1.1 Use Fifteen percent of the sample reported recent use of illicit methadone syrup (Table 28), on a median of 2 days (Table 3), decreases in both measures compared to the results found in 2008 (19% for a median of five days). Illicit syrup (10%) was more likely to be the main form of methadone used than licit syrup (3%). One recent user of illicit methadone syrup reported daily use with weekly or less often (11%) being the most commonly reported frequency of use. Table 28: Forms of methadone used previous six months and primary form, 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 Methadone (%) Licit (%) 17 11 13 13 18 15 6 5 17 4 9 7 6 3 Illicit (%) 13 1 23 11 21 14 16 7 17 4 25 16 15 10 Physeptone (%) Licit (%) 14 13 6 2 6 5 3 2 9 2 3 1 6 4 Illicit (%) 38 23 23 15 32 16 26 18 26 12 36 26 22 9 Source: IDRS participant interviews Recent use of illicit physeptone tablets has fluctuated over the past five years, with 22% of the sample reporting recent use this year (Table 29), compared to 36% last year and 26% in 2007. Illicit physeptone (9%) was considerably more likely than licit physeptone (4%) to be the main form used. As with illicit syrup and consistent with previous years, weekly or less often use was the most common frequency reported (Table 29). Table 29: Frequency of methadone use in previous six months, % of recent users, 2003-2009 2003 n=109 2004 n=111 2005 n=107 2006 n=100 2007 n=106 2008 n=103 2009 n=99 Illicit methadone syrup No recent use 87 78 80 84 70 78 86 Weekly or less 9 20 17 13 22 18 11 More than weekly 3 2 4 3 9 3 1 Daily 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 Illicit physeptone No recent use 63 79 68 74 76 70 79 Weekly or less 32 18 23 22 23 27 17 More than weekly 4 1 8 3 1 2 2 Daily 1 2 0 1 0 1 1 Source: IDRS participant interviews