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



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


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Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Statistics -- Periodicals; Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Drug abuse surveys -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre; University of New South Wales

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Sydney (N.S.W.)


Australian Drug Trends Series No. 44

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93 Participants also reported the drug taken before the last time they had driven under the influence, responding with similar drug types: morphine 53%, benzodiazepines 5%, cannabis 19%, and speed 7%. Figure 53: Participants driving after taking an illicit drug by drug type, 2006-2009 Source: IDRS participant interviews Sixty-four percent (Table 67) of those who had driven under the influence of illicit drugs within the six months prior to interview felt that the drugs had not impaired their driving the last time they had done so; 25% reported that their driving had been slightly or quite impaired, while 11% felt that the drugs had improved their driving. Table 67: Self-reported impairment after drug driving, 2007 & 2008 2007 n=51 2008 n=48 2009 n=99 Quite impaired (%) 4 8 9 Slightly impaired (%) 12 19 16 No impact (%) 73 65 64 Slightly improved (%) 8 8 9 Quite improved (%) 4 0 2 Source: IDRS participant interviews 10.7 Summary of health-related trends Nine respondents reported overdose within the 12 months prior to interview, one attributed to heroin and five each to morphine and benzodiazepines. Treatment episodes in NT AODTS where a given drug was either the principal or other drug of concern increased for cocaine, cannabis, morphine and ecstasy. Episodes of treatment involving each of these drugs show increases since around 2004/05. Episodes involving benzodiazepines declined this year after five years of increase. Hospital admissions related to opioids, methamphetamines, cocaine and cannabis continued to occur at a lower rate than is the case nationally. The NT rate of admissions related to opioids has increased in the most recent year available (2007/08), while rates of admission for amphetamines and cannabis have declined. 4 7 4 0 71 0 0 0 2 9 33 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 H er o in M et h ad o n e B u p re n o rp h in e S u b o xo n e M o rp h in e O th er o p io id s C o ca in e L S D E cs ta sy B en zo d ia ze p in e s C an n ab is In h al an ts S p ee d B as e Ic e O th er C an 't s p ec if y/ D o n 't k n o w % o f d ri v er s 2006 2007 2008 2009