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NT drug trends 2005 : findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)



NT drug trends 2005 : findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)


Northern Territory drug trends; E-Journals; PublicationNT; NDARC technical report ; no. 243




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Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Statistics -- Periodicals; Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Drug abuse surveys -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

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NDARC technical report ; no. 243



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x Median days of use for all forms of methamphetamine have risen since last year.. Cocaine Cocaine use in the NT remains low with some indication that its presence and use has increased slightly in the last two years. Cannabis The price of cannabis remains unchanged since 2003 at around $25 for a gram of any form, $300 for an ounce of the hydroponic form and $200 for an ounce of bush cannabis. Cannabis continues to be rated as easy or very easy to obtain by both key experts and IDU. The potency of cannabis is quoted as medium to high, as in previous years. AODTS treatment episodes with cannabis as the primary or other drug of concern is decreasing. The number and weight of cannabis seizures continues to increase in the NT. Use of illicit pharmaceuticals The price of morphine is stable at $50 for a 100mg tablet of MS Contin but increased for Kapanol. Most IDU who commented continue to report morphine as easy to obtain. The use of licit morphine among the IDU sample has remained stable since last year and illicit use has decreased. MS Contin continues to be the primary injected opiate in Darwin. Recent use of licit methadone and illicit Physeptone has increased since 2004. Associated harms Some injection-related risk behaviours have increased, including borrowing and sharing needles. Selected injection-related health problems increased among the IDU and particularly among those injecting benzodiazepines. In 2004, morphine injectors were more likely to report an injection-related problem; this year it is benzodiazepine injectors who are more likely. Just under half of the sample had recently driven soon after taking an illicit drug; most commonly this was morphine. Proportions reporting experiencing mental problems remain consistent. Almost a third of IDU reported being verbally aggressive whilst coming down from a drug; this was most commonly from morphine. Arrest rates and crime have gone down in all categories except violent crimes.

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