NT drug trends 2005 : findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)
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NDARC technical report ; no. 243
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15 Figure 6: Rate (per million) of inpatient hospital admissions where opioids were the primary diagnosis for people aged 15-54 years, NT and nationally, 1993/94-2003/04 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 # of N T ad m iss io ns National NT Source: AIHW 4.6 Trends in heroin use The number of IDU able to report on price, purity and availability of heroin in the NT was similar to last year. The median price of a gram of heroin in the NT was $500 (from 8 purchasers) and the median price of a cap was $80 (from 7 purchasers) and both of these prices have increased compared to last year. The price of heroin in the NT was reported to be stable or increasing and the bulk of recent users reported the purity as low. Heroin may be less available, with more respondents rating it as difficult to very difficult to obtain. The proportion of the IDU sample who had used heroin in the six months prior to interview has decreased (34% to 24%) compared to 2004, but is still higher than previous years. The median number of days used has also decreased. Even though recent use and median days used decreased in 2005, this year produced the highest proportion of daily users and almost a third (31%) of the sample used heroin at least fortnightly. Heroin continues to be popular as a drug of choice. 4.7 Summary of heroin trends At a median of $80 per cap, the price of heroin has increased compared to last year. Purity continues to be rated as low. Occurrence of heroin use in the NT IDU sample has decreased this year, but is still greater than that found in 2003. Availability continues to be limited, with heroin rated by most users as difficult or very difficult to obtain.
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