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NT drug trends 2005 : findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)

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Title

NT drug trends 2005 : findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)

Collection

Northern Territory drug trends; E-Journals; PublicationNT; NDARC technical report ; no. 243

Date

2006

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Notes

Date:2006

Language

English

Subject

Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Statistics -- Periodicals; Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Drug abuse surveys -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Place of publication

Sydney

Series

NDARC technical report ; no. 243

ISBN

0733423469

Copyright owner

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Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/226817

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/678172

Page content

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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