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77 9.3 Benzodiazepines Fifty-five percent of the participants sample reported recent benzodiazepine use this year (Figure 34), consistent with earlier years. The level of recent injection shows a slight decline this year but is also consistent with previous years. Figure 34: Proportion of participants reporting benzodiazepine use and injection in the preceding six months, 2003-2009 Source: IDRS participant interviews The median days of use of benzodiazepines declined this year after two years of increase (Figure 35) although it remains at a higher level than that found in 2006 and prior. Median days of injection has also declined, returning to the levels seen in previous years. Figure 35: Median days use and injection of benzodiazepines in the past six months, 2003-2009 Source: IDRS participant interviews Note: Collection of data on the number of days injected commenced in 2003 Daily use of benzodiazepines has increased this year to 11% after a decline in 2008, Figure 36, while less frequent use has declined. 55 22 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2003 (N=109) 2004 (N=111)2005 (N=107) 2006 (N=100) 2007 (N=106)2008 (N=103) 2009 (N=99) % p ar ti ci p an ts Used Injected 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 M ed ia n d ay s Median days used Median days injected