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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




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

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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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13 4.2 Heroin Key Points Nine percent of participants had used and injected heroin in the preceding six months. Heroin powder was the form most often used. Heroin use continues to remain relatively rare in the NT. Table 4 shows an increase from last year in reported heroin use and injection (9% of the sample in 2011 compared to 5% in 2010) although these percentages remain lower than use patterns reported between 2004 and 2008. There was a corresponding increase in median days used and median days injected over the past six months. Table 4: Selected trends in participant heroin use, 2007-2011 2007 N=106 2008 N=103 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 Used last 6 months (%) 7 14 13 5 9 Injected last 6 months (%) 7 14 8 5 9 Days used last 6 months (median) 30 27 17 4 21 Days injected last 6 months (median) 30 26 9 4 21 Source: IDRS participant interviews Figure 3 illustrates the decrease in the percentage of participants reporting no recent heroin use while also reflecting the slight increase in weekly or less, more than weekly but less than daily and daily use patterns. Two percent of participants identified daily use in 2011 whereas none did so in 2010. Figure 3: Patterns of heroin use by participants, 2002-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 % p ar ti ci p an ts No recent use Weekly or less More than weekly but less than daily Daily use

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