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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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51 A Health KE also said that hydro was more difficult to obtain and, as noted earlier by a Law KE, observed that quantities sold as grams often weighed less than a gram. Two KEs reported that there had been no reports whatsoever of bush cannabis availability. One Health KE described availability of bush cannabis as scarce. Another Health KEr stated that bush cannabis was harder to obtain than hydro while another Health KE referred to several clients reporting availability of bush cannabis. A Law KE stated that his unit seldom saw bush cannabis, noting that it was available but not prevalent. A Legal KE reported that bush cannabis was occasionally available and availability was more likely in rural areas. This KE also stated that there were no longer any cannabis plantations in the NT although some cannabis continued to be locally grown. He added that most cannabis was sourced from South Australia due to more lenient cultivation laws in that state. 5.5 Methadone Key Points Very few participants were able to respond to questions regarding illicit methadone. The median price of methadone syrup was reported to be $1 per millilitre. The median price of Physeptone tablets was reported to be $2 per milligram. More than half of those able to comment rated methadone availability as difficult. Illicit methadone was sourced primarily through friends. 5.5.1 Price Five participants purchased illicit methadone syrup recently for a median price of one dollar per millilitre (Table 39). Two participants purchased 5mg Physeptone tablets for a median price of $10 and 11 participants reported purchasing 10mg Physpetone tablets for a median cost of $20. The 2011 cost of 1ml of methadone syrup ($1) and 1mg of Physeptone ($2) is consistent with 2010 and 2009 costs. Table 39: Median price of most recent illicit methadone purchase, 2007-2011 ($) 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Methadone 1ml 1 (10) 1 (15) 1 (6) 1 (5) 1 (5) Physeptone 5mg 0 28 (2) 10 (1) 10 (1) 10 (2) 10mg 15 (18) 15 (16) 20 (7) 20 (15) 20 (11) Source: IDRS participant interviews Note: Number of purchasers in brackets Of the few participants who responded to the question regarding price movements, twothirds considered that prices were increasing while the remainder considered that prices had remained stable (Table 40).