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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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40 In 2005 hydro was most commonly obtained from a friend (41%), a dealers home (28%) or a street dealer (16%, Table 27). Bush was also most commonly scored from the same source, with different proportions friend (53%), dealers home and street dealer (both 16%). It took a median of 20 minutes to score both hydro and bush. Table 27: Usual source for recent score of cannabis, % commented, 2004-2005 2004 2005 Hydro (n=82) Bush (n=52) Hydro (n=75) Bush (n=49) Street dealer 9 6 16 16 Dealers home 34 19 28 16 Friend 37 50 41 53 Mobile dealer 7 4 8 4 Gift from friend 1 15 3 4 Time to score (median mins) 30 30 20 20 Source: IDRS IDU interviews 7.3 Potency Over the last two years most of those who could comment rated hydros potency as high or medium (Figure 29). In 2005, 43% rated it as medium and 35% as high, whereas last year the larger proportion rated it as high (45%). Figure 29: Current potency of hydro, % commented, 2004-2005 8 45 37 2 7 11 35 43 4 7 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Dont know High Medium Low Fluctuates % c om m en te d 2004 (n=83) 2005 (n=83) Source: IDRS IDU interviews

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