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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33 use of Xanax was due to Valium becoming harder to obtain, consistent with another KEs comments regarding a recent shortage of diazepam. Two legal KE and a Health KE reported that polydrug use was common. A number of KE commented upon use of cannabis-type substances. A legal KE said that she had received regular reports of use of Kronic and similar substances while another health KE said that clients were reporting use of Dust, Aroma and Puff as alternatives to cannabis. Another KE referred to some reports of Kronic and other legal highs and also linked use of these primarily to workers who were drug tested. Another KE spoke of people using Happy High drugs but said she was unsure if there was more use of these substances than in previous years. She also suggested that continued media focus on these substances had led to more awareness of their availability. A legal KE referred to a spate of new drugs amphetamine-type substances and those with effects similar to cannabis, as well as drugs available over the internet. He reported that Kronic and a number of other similar drugs had been intermittently available but were soon to be prohibited. One KE provided other relevant feedback. He advised that there had been a shift to party drugs being sold in capsules rather than in tablet form and referred to M-Cat, (Methcathinone), observing that there had been a period over the past 12 months when this drug had been used, including among Defence Force personnel. He added that availability had been temporary and that those interested in these types of substances had returned to using LSD and ecstasy. A legal KE observed that the majority of their clients consumed alcohol. A Health KE also referred to alcohol use but estimated that less than 50% of Opiate Pharmacotherapy Program clients drank alcohol and a far lower percentage drank heavily.
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