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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32 Figure 17: Patterns of recent alcohol use, 2003-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews Ninety-seven percent of the sample reported recent use of tobacco, an increase from the 90% who reported recent use in 2010 (Figure 18). This continues the trend of very high rates of tobacco use by NT IDRS participants. Figure 18: Participant reports of tobacco use in the last six months, 2003-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews 4.7.6 KE comment Seven KE commented upon Xanax (alprazolam) use, mostly in relation to the high prevalence of use. One Health KE stated there were frequent reports of Xanax use, primarily by opiate users, a view echoed by other KE. A Legal KE stated that he was aware that Xanax had become a significant currency for purchasing morphine while another KE reported that a recent shortage of diazepam and apparent ease of availability of Xanax had led to more Xanax use. A Health KE stated that there was increasing use of Xanax. Several KE commented upon benzodiazepine use in general. One frontline Health KE observed that benzodiazepine use increased when morphine was scarce, describing benzodiazepines as a last resort drug. Another KE said that there were always reports of intravenous benzodiazepine use and noted that some PWID went to extra lengths with benzodiazepines to try to obtain a heroin-type effect. A legal KE also stated that benzodiazepine use among opiate users increased when morphine was scarce. There were conflicting reports regarding Valium. One Health KE provider related that there had been an increase in reports of Valium use while another suggested that the increasing 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 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 0 30 60 90 120 150 180 0 20 40 60 80 100 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 M e d ia n d ay s u se d % r e p o rt in g u se % reporting use Median days use