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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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17 Figure 6: Methamphetamine form most used in the preceding six months, among recent methamphetamine users, 2002-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews 4.3.1 KE comment One Legal KE stated that he was surprised by the high number of clients who reported use of speed powder and crystal methamphetamine and this was echoed by a Health KE who asserted that there appeared to be an increase in the proportion of clients who had reported methamphetamine as their primary drug of choice over the past six months. KE differed in their views regarding types of methamphetamine most frequently used. One Health KE stated that fewer people were using speed powder and were using ice when they could. She also noted that some use base methamphetamine and then progress to use of ice; however, some reported a preference for base methamphetamine and return to use of base after a period of using ice. Another Health KE worker said he had heard no reports of use of base methamphetamine and suggested that most people were using ice, while another KE stated that she had not heard any reports of use of base methamphetamine, adding that there were fewer reports of ice use than of use of speed powder. One Health KE reported that speed powder and ice were the forms most commonly used while two other Health KE agreed that speed powder was the form most commonly used. A frontline Health KE also commented that her clients had not reported use of ice; however, she was aware that high quality methamphetamine was available but believed that those who used high quality methamphetamine were in the minority. A legal KE noted that people were using both locally and interstate manufactured methamphetamine. A Health KE identified that there had been an increase in very young (18 years and younger) methamphetamine users attending the service while another Health KE reported that more young people were attending the NSP and these were mainly speed users. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 % o f th o se w h o u se d a s ti m u la n t Speed Base Ice

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