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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)


NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets; Reports; PublicationNT




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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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34 5 DRUG MARKET: PRICE, PURITY, AVAILABILITY AND PURCHASING PATTERNS 5.1 Heroin Key points Consistent with recent years, very few respondents were able to comment upon the price, purity or availability of heroin. The median price of a cap of heroin was $80 and the median price of a gram was $550. KE comments confirmed limited heroin availability in the NT. Table 26 illustrates that two respondents commented upon the price of a cap of heroin (median of $80) and two upon the price of a gram of a gram of heroin (median of $550). The reported median price of a cap of heroin in 2011 is equal to that reported in 2009. Table 26: Median price of most recent heroin purchases, 2007-2011, $ (n) Amount 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Cap 50 (1) 100 (4) 80 (12) - 80 (2) Quarter gram 150 (2) - - - - Half gram (half-weight) - - - - - Gram 150 (1) 400 (1) 300 (10) 100 (1) 550 (2) Source: IDRS participant interviews Note: median price in dollars (number of purchasers in brackets) Few respondents were able to comment upon heroin price movements. Of the four who did, two considered the price to be increasing, one reported that it was decreasing and one reported that price was fluctuating (Table 27). Table 27: Reports of heroin price movements in the past six months, 2007-2011 (%) 2007 N=106 2008 N=103 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 Did not respond 92 94 94 97 96 Did respond 8 6 6 3 4 Of those who responded Dont know 13 0 0 67 0 Increasing 25 50 17 33 50 Stable 50 50 67 0 - Decreasing 0 0 0 0 25 Fluctuating 13 0 17 0 25 Source: IDRS participant interviews Two of the four respondents who commented upon current heroin availability considered that it was easy while the other two rated current availability as difficult (Table 28). Views regarding changes in availability over the past six months were also mixed: one respondent reported no change, two considered that availability had become easier while one suggested that availability had fluctuated.

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