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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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77 Figure 49: Main drug causing dirty hit in last month, 2003-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews 6.4.5 KE comment KE comments regarding injecting risk behaviours were numerous and diverse, although most KE referred to the dangers associated with injecting Xanax (Alprazolam). To ensure accuracy of the content of comments, each KEs own words are presented separately, in point form. Legal KE There are significant physical risks associated with intravenous use of Xanax. Health KE 1 There are many health dangers associated with injecting street drugs. Covert behaviour leads to extra risk taking and shortcuts. There are significant dangers with injecting Xanax and benzodiazepines in general, including the loss of fingers. Sharing of equipment is not common, only in unfunded (not free) equipment, especially tourniquets. In prison, all injecting equipment is shared. There are still people unwilling to attend the NSP due to concerns regarding police surveillance. Speed users may be less likely to attend the NSP and more likely to purchase injecting equipment from pharmacies. Health KE 2 The main problem is with the intravenous use of benzodiazepines, especially Xanax. With intravenous use of Xanax, loss of digits can and does occur. Too many doctors are prescribing benzos for the wrong reasons, which has led to increased availability on the street. Health KE 3 There are health issues associated with the use of ice and some employers are referring their employees to treatment due to erratic behaviour. There is a link between methamphetamine use and gambling. Some users are nave and inexperienced in safe injecting. 0 20 40 60 80 100 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 % p ar ti ci p an ts Heroin Methamphetamine Methadone Morphine