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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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11 Almost half those able to comment (46%, figure 2) stated that heroin availability had been stable over the six months prior to interview. Twenty-one percent (21%) of those who commented thought that heroin had become more difficult to score over the past six months: this corresponds with the reports of current availability, which show a decrease in the proportion reporting heroin as easy to obtain and an increase in the proportion reporting it as very difficult to obtain. The most common source for scoring heroin remains a friend (75%, Table 6) and no one scored from a dealers home this year. It took a median of 60 minutes to score. Table 6: Usual source and median time for recent score of heroin by IDU, 2004-2005 2004 n=19 2005 n=16 Street dealer 16 19 Dealers home 11 0 Friend 53 75 Mobile dealer 11 1 Gift from friend 11 0 Time to score (median mins) 54 60 Source: IDRS IDU interviews 4.3 Purity Only 28 people could comment on heroin purity. Fifty-four percent of those (Figure 3) rated heroin purity as low, and only one person rated it as high. 2003 figures are not presented as only five people could comment on heroin purity. Figure 3: IDU reports of current purity of heroin in the past six months, 2004-2005 Source: IDRS IDU interviews 19 15 19 44 4 21 4 18 54 4 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Dont know High Medium Low Fluctuates % ID U c om m en te d 2004 n=27 2005 n=28

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