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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80 with psychological symptoms and is appropriate for use with population surveys (Kessler 2002). In 2011, 98% of the IDRS sample completed the K10, yielding a mean total score of 22.40 (median=21, SD=9.5, range=9.47). Results categorised using total score ranges consistent with those used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are presented in Table 63. Based on these categories, almost one-quarter (24%) of those who completed the K10 reported experiencing a very high level of distress over the four weeks prior to interview. One-quarter of those who completed the K10 reported low or no distress. As is evident from Table 63, the K10 demonstrated higher levels of distress among the 2011 IDRS participants than in previous years. Table 63: Level of psychological distress, 2008-2011 Level of distress* 2008 N=98 2009 N=99 2010 N=99 2011 N=98 Low or no distress (10-15) 31 34 35 25 Moderate distress (16-21) 26 26 23 26 High distress (22-29) 25 23 21 24 Very high distress (30-50) 19 17 21 24 Source: IDRS participant interviews * Category score range in brackets 6.5.1 KE comment To ensure accuracy of the content of comments, each KEs own words are presented separately, in point form. Health KE 1 Depression is common with occasional suicidal ideation. Aggression by clients is uncommon. Health KE 2 Anxiety and depression are often seen. Trauma, including current, recent and past, is not uncommon, particularly with Indigenous clients. We are seeing significant anger issues with both male and female clients. Health KE 3 Anger and aggression are often associated with methamphetamine users. Depression and anxiety are seen with 60% to 70% of clients, most commonly with methamphetamine users. Health KE 4 I believe there has been an increase in the past 12 months in the number of clients presenting with depression and anxiety and other disorders. This is possibly due to a psychiatric registrar on staff who is able to recognise these disorders. Mental health problems are most common among those misusing alcohol, cannabis and speed. Anxiety among Opiate Pharmacotherapy Program clients is also common.