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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19 4.4.1 KE comment One KE stated that there had been rare reports of cocaine use. The other KEs all noted that there had been no reports of cocaine use. 4.5 Cannabis Key Points Almost three-quarters of participants had used cannabis in the preceding six months. Cannabis was smoked by participants on a median of 90 days. Hydroponically grown cannabis (hydro) continued to be the form most commonly used, followed by bush cannabis. Seventy-one percent of participants reported use of cannabis over the preceding six months, on a median of 90 days (Table 9). This is a continuation of an apparent trend toward gradual declining use of cannabis by this population sample. Table 9: Selected trends in participants cannabis use, 2007-2011 2007 N=106 2008 N=103 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 Used last 6 months (%) 83 78 78 72 71 Days used last 6 months (median) 150 102 90 93 90 Source: IDRS participant interviews Figure 8 illustrates that median number of days of recent use of cannabis has remained relatively stable since 2008. Prior to 2008, with the exception of 2006, reported median days of recent use of cannabis were considerably higher. Figure 8: Median number of days of cannabis use in the past six months, 2002-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews Figure 9 demonstrates a continuing increase in weekly or less patterns of use of cannabis and a concurrent continuing decrease in daily and more than weekly but less than daily patterns of use. 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 M e d ia n d ay s