NT drug trends 2005 : findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)
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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
NDARC technical report ; no. 243
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1 1.0 INTRODUCTION This report presents the results of the 2005 Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) for the Northern Territory (NT). The IDRS is coordinated by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) which is part of the University of NSW. It is jointly funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (the Department) and by the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF). As a jointly funded project, the IDRS demonstrates the shared recognition by the Department and NDLERF of the value of collaborative work between the sectors of health and law enforcement to identify and address issues relating to supply, demand and use of illicit drugs. The purpose of the IDRS is to provide a standardised, comparable approach to the monitoring of data relating to the use of opiates, cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis. It is intended to act as a strategic early warning system identifying emerging drug problems of national and jurisdictional concern. In the NT, a partial IDRS, not including the IDU survey, was conducted by the then Territory Health Services (now NT Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS)) in 1999. In 2000 and 2001 the full methodology was conducted through the then Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University). In 2002, 2003, 2004 and this year the full IDRS has been conducted by the NT DHCS. Reports of these studies are available to download from the NDARC website: Rysavy, OReilly & Moon 1999; OReilly & Rysavy 2000; OReilly 2001; Duquemin & Gray 2002, Moon 2003; Moon 2004. Reports of the IDRS findings for individual states and territories are published by NDARC, and each year NDARC produces and publishes a national report presenting an overall picture and comparing jurisdictions. 1.1 Study Aims The specific aims of the NT component of the IDRS are: 1. to monitor the price, purity and availability of a range of illicit drug classes in the NT; and 2. to identify emerging trends in illicit drug use and the illicit drug market in the NT.
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