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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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70 Health KE 7 Client demographics are generally stable with a revolving door for many OPP clients. The OPP is receiving more interstate transfers. Some private opiate prescribers have left Darwin. The OPP can be difficult for those working but does provide medical certificates and tries to be flexible. Clients complain about drug screens and finding the time to attend a pathology centre for a drug screen, within 24 hours as required, can be difficult for clients. OPP drug screens are random; clients get notification from their pharmacists and have 24 hours in which to undertake a drug screen. Health KE 8 The two hour dosing period is difficult, especially for those who live in Palmerston. We try to arrange dosing at a community pharmacy as soon as it is safe. We do try to dose out of hours for those with special needs. I am not aware of fewer doctors prescribing although some clients report that their GP refuses to continue to prescribe. Some clients attend the OPP as there are no GPs willing to prescribe opiates. Health KE 9 In the past 12 months there have been six indigenous women on the OPP. I have the impression that more women are seeking treatment. We recognise that the two hour OPP dosing period is difficult and are exploring dosing options in Palmerston. I have heard that a number of doctors who have previously scripted (opiates) are leaving or have left Darwin or are reducing their hours and/or their number of patients. It is still easy to obtain morphine prescriptions and the doctor issue has not led to increased numbers on the OPP. Health KE 10 There has been no change in Withdrawal Services client demographic profile. Clients are still mainly between late 20s to mid-40s in age. Some clients have expressed dissatisfaction with the OPP but not as many this year as last year. GPs are more likely to refer to Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Services due to increased awareness of prescribing regulations and issues around dependence.

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