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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xiii availability as easy or very easy in 2010. As with speed powder, there was an increase in the proportion of respondents who rated very easy or easy availability of ice, from 64% in 2010 to 77% in 2011. Of the few respondents who commented upon base methamphetamine availability, 60% rated availability as very easy or easy while 40% rated availability as difficult. Cocaine Reported use of cocaine continued to decline. In 2011, only 1% (one participant) reported recent use as compared to 4% in 2010 and 12% in 2009. As in 2010, no participants were able to comment upon cocaine price, purity or availability. KE comments confirmed very low levels of availability and use with one police officer KE suggesting that cocaine was mainly used by a select group of individuals. Cannabis After morphine, cannabis was again the second most frequently used drug. Seventy-one percent of the sample reported recent use and this was a lower proportion than in recent years: 72% in 2010, 78% in 2009, 83% in 2007 and 84% in 2006. Hydroponic cannabis was again the form most commonly and most often used and a pattern of daily use remained most common. Cannabis was smoked by participants on a median of 90 days, a result similar to that obtained in recent years. In 2011 the median price of a gram of hydroponically grown cannabis remained stable at $30 while the median price of a gram of bush cannabis halved to $15. The median price of an ounce of hydro also remained stable at $450 while the median price of an ounce of bush cannabis reduced from $300 in 2010 to $210 in 2011. There were far fewer purchasers of bush cannabis than of hydro. The majority of respondents considered that the price of both hydro and bush cannabis had remained stable. Current hydro availability was considered easy or very easy by 95% of respondents, an increase from the 83% who had rated hydro availability as easy or very easy in 2010. Fiftyseven percent of respondents rated current availability of bush cannabis as easy (55% in 2010) while only 7% rated availability of bush cannabis as very easy (18% in 2010). KE comments highlighted a scarcity of bush cannabis. Fifty-one percent of respondents rated current potency of hydro as high, the same percentage as rated this form of cannabis as possessing high potency in 2007 and 2008 and almost identical to the 53% who rated hydro as being of high potency in 2010. Only 2% rated hydro potency as low (5% in 2010). The majority (71%) of respondents rated bush cannabis potency as medium (58% in 2010). Cannabis was purchased mainly from friends and source venue was mainly a friends home.