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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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19 This year equal proportions (of those who could comment) found crystal easy or difficult to obtain (29%, Figure 9). It appears that over the last three years the trend is a decreasing proportion who find it easy to obtain and increasing proportion who find it very difficult to obtain. Figure 9: IDU reports of current availability of crystal, 2003-2005 9 14 41 27 9 6 15 33 36 910 14 29 29 19 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Dont know Very easy Easy Difficult Very difficult % c om m en te d 2003 (n=22) 2004 (n=32) 2005 (n=21) Source: IDRS IDU interviews Figure 10 shows the change in ease of access over the last six months of each methamphetamine. Of those who could comment, most believed that each form of methamphetamine had been stable in the last six months. However, almost a third (29%) thought crystal had become more difficult to obtain recently. Figure 10: IDU reports of change in availability of speed, base and crystal in the last 6 months, 2005 9 16 61 10 4 13 19 38 19 1314 29 52 5 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Dont know More diffilcut Stable Easier Fluctuates % c om m en te d Speed (n=70) Base (n=16) Crystal (n=21) Source: IDRS IDU interviews

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