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NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2011 : findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)



NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2011 : findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)


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Date:2011; Australian drug trends series No. 80




Drug abuse surveys -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Ecstasy (Drug) -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Drug abuse -- 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)



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88 7.4 Expenditure on illicit drugs Sixty-one percent of the IDRS sample reported some expenditure on drugs on the day prior to interview (Table 70). Almost half the sample (47%) reported spending $50 or more on drugs. Table 70: Amount spent on drugs on the day before interview, 2003-2011 (%) 2003 N=109 2004 N=111 2005 N=107 2006 N=100 2007 N=106 2008 N=103 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 $0 44 32 42 47 30 42 63 33 39 Less than $20 3 3 3 0 4 1 2 2 1 $20-$49 13 17 14 6 22 11 8 6 12 $50-$99 22 24 24 15 19 21 10 23 17 $100-$199 13 16 14 18 15 15 10 21 16 $200 or more 6 8 3 8 11 8 6 14 14 Source: IDRS participant interviews 7.5 KE comment The following comments were made by the two police officer KE in response to the question regarding perception of problems arising from illicit drug use (currently and over the past 12 months). Any other comments relating to policing issues associated with illicit drug use were also invited. Law KE 1 The dealing of drugs and the profits made are problematic. There is anecdotal evidence of nightclub violence, especially associated with speed and party drugs use. There is also property crime associated with drug use. There are significant economic and social effects upon Aboriginal communities with large profits made due to the much higher cost of drugs. On Aboriginal communities the pattern of use is to smoke cannabis until it is finished. There is no evidence of speed use on Aboriginal communities, nor of intravenous drug use. There is a good trade in morphine, including pensioners selling their prescriptions to supplement income. There are intermittent speed labs, very clandestine. A good proportion of speed, both powder and crystal, comes from the Eastern seaboard. Outlaw motorcycle gangs continue to appear to have a linkage in the sale and supply of amphetamines. These groups seem to be involved as suppliers or providers. There is no structured sex for speed no obvious pattern of exploitation.