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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7 4 CONSUMPTION PATTERNS 4.1 Current drug use Key Points The mean age of first injection was 24 years, with most participants reporting methamphetamine as the first drug injected. Morphine was the main drug of choice, followed by heroin. Morphine was by far the drug injected most often in the last month, as well as the most recent drug injected. The majority of participants injected drugs at least once per day. Polydrug use remained common. Table 2 provides details regarding age of first injection and first drug injected as well as information pertaining to current drug use. The mean age of first injection was 24 years, a slight increase from the mean age reported in previous years. Fifty-two percent of the sample identified amphetamines as the drug first injected, a similar result to that obtained in previous years. Morphine was again reported as the main drug of choice, although the proportion who reported morphine as their drug of choice decreased from 44% in 2010 to 36% in 2011. Morphine was again the drug most often injected in the past month (68%, down from 83% in 2010) followed by some form of methamphetamine (18%). Reported injecting rates mirrored those reported in 2010 with most respondents injecting at least daily.