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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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49 Over half (52%, Figure 36) of the sample thought the availability of morphine had remained stable in the previous six months; however, almost a quarter (24%) thought it had become more difficult. In the six months prior to interview, 47% (Table 33) of users usually scored their morphine from a friend, 22% scored from a street dealer and 19% at a dealers home. Compared to 2004 there appears to be very little change. The median time to usually score morphine in the six months prior to interview this year was 30 minutes, as it was for the past two years. Table 33: Usual source for recent score of morphine, % commented, 2003-2005 2003 (n=71) 2004 (n=97) 2005 (n=74) Street dealer 31 22 22 Dealers home 13 23 19 Friend 46 40 47 Mobile dealer 7 5 5 Gift from friend - - - Time to score (median mins) 30 30 30 Source: IDRS IDU interviews 8.1.3 Morphine use among IDU Recent morphine use remains popular among the IDU sample, with only one-fifth (20%) of the 2005 sample reporting that they had not used morphine in the prior six months (Table 34). The difference between recent use and recent injecting has only ever been 1% or 2%. The median number of days the IDU have used and injected morphine in the last six months has decreased since 2003 and 2004: whereas previously use and injection was daily, now it is a median of 140 days for use and 120 days for injection. Table 34: Selected trends in IDU morphine use, 2003-2005 Variable 2003 n=109 2004 n=111 2005 n=107 Used last 6 months (%) 82 87 80 Injected last 6 months (%) 80 86 79 Days used last 6 months (median) 180 173 140 Days injected last 6 months (median) 180 180 120 IDU drug of choice (%) 19 21 21 Drug taken yesterday 55 67 54 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Morphines popularity as drug of choice remains consistent at 21%. Of those who stated morphine was their drug of choice, all but one had injected morphine most often in the last month (and the one who didnt had injected speed most often) and this was reportedly due to health effects. In 2004 a third (67%) of the sample had used morphine the day before the interview; this year only a half (54%) did so, similar to 2003 (55%). Frequency The frequency of morphine use amongst recent users is detailed in Table 35. The current years frequency of use pattern reflects that of 2004 and is slightly lower than 2003. A large majority (80%) of recent users used morphine at least weekly and half (47%) used morphine daily.

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