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

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Title

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

Collection

NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets; Reports; PublicationNT

Date

2011

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Notes

Date:2011; Australian drug trends series No. 80

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

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

Place of publication

Sydney (N.S.W)

ISBN

9780733430206

Copyright owner

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Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/242182

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/610318

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5 3 DEMOGRAPHICS 3.1 Overview of the participant sample Key Points A total of 98 participants were interviewed for the 2011 NT IDRS survey. The mean age was 42 years (range 18 to 63 years). Seventy percent were male. The majority was unemployed or on a pension. Four percent were currently in treatment. Forty-four percent had a prison history. As in previous years, the sample was predominantly (70%) male (Table 1). The mean age was 42 years and 87% of the respondents were unemployed or on a pension at the time of interview. Eight percent reported full-time employment, down from 12% in 2010. The percentage of respondents who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander increased to 28% in 2011. Ninety percent reported heterosexual status while 6% identified as bisexual and 3% as gay or lesbian. Year 10 was again the mean for years of education although 46% reported some form of post-secondary education. Reported participation in treatment dropped to 4% of the sample (12% in 2010) and 44% reported prior prison history, the same percentage as reported by the 2010 sample. Table 1: Demographic characteristics of the participant sample, 2007-2011 2007 N=106 2008 N=103 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 Age mean years (range) 41 (21-58) 40 (22-59) 40 (21-61) 41 (22-63) 42 (18-63) Sex (% male) 66 72 69 72 70 Employment (%): Not employed/on a pension Full time Part time/casual Home duties Student 85 5 8 2 0 83 8 7 0 0 88 6 4 0 0 78 12 8 0 0 87 8 4 0 0 Received income from sex work last month 6 2 4 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (%) 21 18 20 21 28 Heterosexual (%) Bisexual (%) Gay or lesbian (%) Other (%) 90 5 4 1 91 6 2 1 90 3 7 0 91 4 3 2 90 6 3 1 School education mean no. years (range) 10 (4-12) 10 10 (6-12) 10 (4-12) 10 (5-12) Tertiary education (%): None Trade/technical University/college 43 40 17 45 40 16 42 42 15 51 36 13 54 32 14 Currently in drug treatment (%) 22 17 8 12 4 Prison history (%) 61 55 55 44 44 Source: IDRS participant interviews Mean age has remained relatively stable at 42 years. However, Figure 1 demonstrates that in 2011 there was an increase in the proportion of respondents in the older age group (79% in 2011 compared to 66% in 2010) and decreases in the younger age groups. Only 2% of


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