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
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
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94 Detachable needles (tips) were used by 58% of the NT sample in the past month as compared to 19% of the NSP survey sample. Table 75: Injecting equipment used in the last month among those who commented, Australian NSP Survey 2008 & NT 2011, (%) Australian NSP Survey NT (N=98) 1ml needle/syringe 76 27 3ml syringe (barrel) 22 43 5ml syringe (barrel) 17 58 10ml syringe (barrel) 9 2 20ml syringe (barrel) 6 2 50ml syringe (barrel) n.a 0 Detached needle (tip) 19 58 Winged view infusion set (butterfly) 12 8 Wheel filter 11 17 Source: IDRS participant interviews Table 76 presents data regarding reuse of injecting equipment in the past month by the 2008 ANSPS survey sample and the 2011 NT IDRS sample. Fifteen percent of the NT sample reported reuse of 5ml barrels (6% for ANSPS sample), 13% reused 3ml barrels (7% for the ANSPS sample) and 9% reused 1ml needles/syringes (32% for the ANSPS sample). Detachable needles/tips were reused by 8% of the NT IDRS sample in the past month compared to 4% of the ANSPS sample. Table 76: Injecting equipment reused in the last month among those who commented, by Australian NSP Survey 2008 & NT 2011, (%) Australian NSP Survey NT (N=98) 1ml needle/syringe 32 9 3ml syringe (barrel) 7 13 5ml syringe (barrel) 6 15 10ml syringe (barrel) 4 0 20ml syringe (barrel) 3 1 50ml syringe (barrel) n.a. 0 Detached needle (tip) 4 8 Winged view infusion set (butterfly) 5 2 Wheel filter 4 2 Source: IDRS participant interviews * More than one item could be selected Cleaning of injecting equipment was also investigated. Table 77 shows that 17% of the NT IDRS sample cleaned 5ml barrels in the past month (6% for the ANSPS sample), 14% cleaned 3ml barrels (8% for the ANSPS sample) and 8% cleaned 1ml needles/syringes (30% for the ANSPS sample). Thirty-two participants responded to the question regarding last injecting item cleaned, with 44% identifying a 5ml barrel, 25% identifying a 3ml barrel and 19% identifying a 1ml needle/syringe.
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