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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29 5.6 Trends in methamphetamine use The median price of a gram of speed powder has increased from $80 in 2001 and 2002, $100 in 2003, $200 in 2004, to $280 this year. A point of speed and base was $50, consistent with previous years; however, a point of crystal rose by $15 to $65 this year. The majority of those who could comment on the recent price changes of all of the forms reported that they were stable, with a substantial proportion (about 1 in 3) reporting they were increasing. Speed and base continue to be easy to obtain. Ice was less easy to obtain compared to speed and base, with equal proportions rating is as easy or difficult. Speeds purity was rated as low, base as medium and crystal as high. Recent methamphetamine use remains high (73% of the IDU sample) although recent base and crystal use has decreased. Speed remains the third most common recently used illicit drug by the IDU after cannabis and morphine. Any form of methamphetamine had the second highest proportions for: drug of choice, drug injected most often in the last month, and most recent drug injected. It was the most common first drug injected. The number of treatment episodes in Northern Territory Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services with amphetamines as the principal or other drug of concern has declined since 2001, but is stable over 2003 to 2004. 5.7 Summary of methamphetamine trends The median price of a gram of powder has increased from $100 in 2003 to $280 in 2005. IDU continue to rate speed and base as easy to obtain, while crystal is rated equally as easy and difficult. Powder continues to be the most common and most frequently used form, and recent use of base and crystal show decreases since 2003. Recent methamphetamine use and injection remains high, with continuing increases in the proportions of IDU reporting injection. Median days of use for all forms of methamphetamine have risen since last year. The number and weight of methamphetamine seizures continues to increase in the NT.
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