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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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20 Figure 9: Patterns of cannabis use by recent users, 2002-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews As in previous years, hydroponic cannabis was the form most commonly and most often used (Table 10). Bush cannabis was again the form next most commonly used but use of this form continued to decline. Hashish oil was again the form least used. Table 10: Forms of cannabis used previous six months and main form, 2007-2011 (%) 2007 N=106 2008 N=103 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Hydro 74 91 97 92 96 96 69 56 62 88 Bush 48 9 69 8 29 5 37 7 21 11 Hash 11 0 40 0 3 0 11 0 9 2 Hash oil 7 0 24 0 4 0 6 0 5 0 Source: IDRS participant interviews Respondents who recently used cannabis reported smoking on average 5.1 cones or 2.0 joints on the last occasion of use. 4.5.1 KE comment A legal KE commented that cannabis was the most commonly used illicit drug in the NT, suggesting that this was partially due to use of the substance by a particular minority group, many of whom were frequent users. A KE reported that people were mainly smoking hydro and the other KE said that she had heard no reports of use of bush cannabis. The Health KE also stated that she had heard no mention of use of bush cannabis. One only KE mentioned use of bush cannabis who stated that some clients were reporting use of bush cannabis, although not as frequently as use of hydro. The other NGO Rehabilitation provider commented upon the use of legal cannabis analogues such as Happy High Herbs and said that use of these substances was often supplemented with cannabis. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 % r e ce n t u se rs Weekly or less More than weekly but less than daily Daily

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