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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




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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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98 8.8 Online activities There is recognition that the internet and other electronic mediums may be used to disseminate health and safety messages (Belenko et al., 2009). The 2011 IDRS survey sought to gain an insight into the level of online activity by PWID, particularly in relation to sourcing information regarding drugs and purchasing and selling drugs. Table 80 shows that more than two-thirds (69%) of participants did not go online at all within the past month. Of the remainder, 13% went online daily, 8% at least weekly, 5% at least fortnightly and 5% at least monthly. Few participants made use of the internet for drugrelated reasons. Twenty-four percent of those who had been online (representing seven participants) had used the internet to obtain information about drugs while 3% (representing one participant) had used the internet to purchase ingredients to manufacture drugs. The use of text messaging to obtain drugs was also investigated. Fifty-seven percent of the sample reported that they relied on text messaging very little or not at all to obtain drugs, 2% reported that they relied "completely" on text messaging and 18% reported that they relied "quite a lot" on text messaging to obtain drugs. Twenty-one percent reported that text messaging was their preferred method to obtain drugs. In this section of the IDRS questionnaire participants were also asked if they had ever purchased substances sold as legal highs, and if so, had they made any purchases within the past six months. No participants in the NT sample reported ever purchasing any substances sold as legal highs. Table 80: Proportion of PWID that online activity related to drug use. 2011 How often did you go online last month (%, n=96) Never 69 Daily 13 At least weekly 8 At least fortnightly 5 At least monthly 5 In the last six months did you go online to* (%, n=29) Get information about drugs 24 Post information about drugs 0 Buy ingredients to make drugs 3 Buy drugs 0 Sell drugs 0 Didnt go online for these activities 76 Source: IDRS participant interviews * among those who went online; multiple responses allowed so total greater than 100%. 8.9 Policy The 2011 IDRS survey obtained PWID perspectives in relation to drug policy. This information will contribute to further investigation by NDARCs Drug Policy Modelling Program which is undertaking an analysis of public opinion and drug policy, incorporating the views of the affected community. The policy questions were drawn from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2008a) in order to ensure comparability with general population responses. Participants were asked three policy questions: (1) Thinking about the problems associated with heroin use, to what extent would you support or oppose