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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.

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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

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Parent handle

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

Citation address

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

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45 Figure 33: Rate (per million) of inpatient hospital admissions where cannabis was the primary diagnosis for people aged 15-54 years, NT and nationally, 1993/94-2003/04 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 93/94 94/95 95/96 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 00/01 01/02 02/03 03/04 # of N T ad m iss io ns National NT Source: AIHW The number of treatment episodes in NT Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services (AODTS) where cannabis was the principal or other drug of concern rose drastically from 2000 to 2001(figure 34). It has since decreased to 761 episodes in 2004. Figure 34: Number of treatment episodes in NT Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services with cannabis as the principal or other drug of concern, 20002004 600 650 700 750 800 850 900 950 1000 1050 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 # of e pi so de s Source: NT AODTS 7.6 Trends in cannabis use Cannabis price, potency and availability have been stable: a gram of hydroponic cannabis costs $25 as does bush cannabis. An ounce of hydroponic cannabis was $300 and the cost of bush cannabis was $200. Both hydro and bush cannabis remain easy to obtain with the median time to score both forms decreasing from 30 minutes to 20 minutes. The majority of IDU described the potency of hydro as high-medium and of bush as medium. Until 2003 cannabis was consistently the illicit drug used by the greatest proportion of the IDU sample. In 2004 the proportion using cannabis dropped and morphine became the most reported recent use illicit drug. This is the same for 2005, although they are only separated by 2% for lifetime use and 1% for recent use.