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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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37 As in recent years, few participants were able to comment upon purity and changes in heroin purity. One respondent reported high purity, two considered purity to be low and one reported fluctuating purity (Table 30). Two respondents did not detect any changes in purity over the preceding six months while two respondents noted fluctuating purity. Table 30: Participants perceptions of heroin purity, 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: Current purity High 0 17 17 33 25 Medium 13 17 50 33 0 Low 75 67 17 0 50 Fluctuates 0 0 17 0 25 Dont know 13 0 0 33 0 Change last six months Increasing 14 0 0 0 Stable 43 83 17 0 50 Decreasing 0 33 0 0 Fluctuating 29 50 0 50 Dont know 14 17 0 100 0 Source: IDRS participant interviews 5.1.1 KE comment Some KE advised that there had been no reports of heroin availability. One Health KE recalled that the one client who had reported heroin use to her had referred to limited availability while another Health KE stated that there had only been occasional mention of heroin availability. Two legal KEs said that heroin seizures were rare, with one officer recalling that the last seizure had occurred over a year ago.

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