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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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20 As in 2003, the most common sources for scoring speed were friends (46%) and street dealers (26%, Table 12). The popularity of using mobile dealers and going to a dealers home has slightly decreased this year. As in 2003 and 2004, scoring base from a friend was the most common usual source this year, reported by a virtually unchanged proportion of recent base users (46%). This year no one reported scoring base from mobile delivery, whereas last year 14% used this method. Scoring from a friend was also the most common source for crystal users, although by an increased proportion compared to 2003 and 2004 (47%). And again this year no one used home delivery for crystal, whereas last year 10% reported doing so. IDU reported that all forms of methamphetamine took a median of 30 minutes to score. When compared to previous years this is the same for speed, an increase for base (although same as 2003) and a decrease for crystal (since 2003). Table 12: Usual source and median time for recent score of methamphetamine by IDU, 2003-2005 Speed Base Crystal 2003 (n=46) 2004 (n=57) 2005 (n=66) 2003 (n=19) 2004 (n=28) 2005 (n=13) 2003 (n=20) 2004 (n=31) 2005 (n=17) Usual source Street dealer 24 12 26 11 7 8 15 7 12 Dealers home 11 21 17 11 18 15 15 19 24 Friend 50 39 46 42 43 46 30 45 47 Mobile dealer 6 14 9 11 14 0 20 10 12 Home delivery 7 7 0 21 11 15 15 10 0 Gift from friend 2 7 2 5 7 8 5 10 0 Time to score (median mins) 30 30 30 30 20 30 43 30 30 Source: IDRS IDU interviews 5.3 Purity Over the last three years, most of those who could comment rated the current purity of speed as low (Figure 11). It also seems more people are aware of the current purity of speed, with the proportion who report they dont know decreasing to just 4% this year.

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