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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

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Parent handle

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

Citation address

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

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55 Figure 39: Current availability of methadone, % commented, 2003-2005 32 0 36 28 4 18 15 35 27 6 32 15 34 20 0 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Dont know Very easy Easy Difficult Very difficult % c om m en te d 2003 (n=25) 2004 (n=34) 2005 (n=41) Source: IDRS IDU interviews Of those who could comment, most (39%, Figure 40) stated methadone availability has remained stable over the prior six months; however, almost a quarter (24%) thought it had become more difficult. Figure 40: Change in availability of methadone in the last 6 months, % commented, 2005 32 24 39 5 0 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Dont know More diffilcut Stable Easier Fluctuates % c om m en te d 2005 (n=41) Source: IDRS IDU interviews Over the last three years an increasing proportion of IDU have obtained their methadone from a friend (from 31% to 79%, Table 40) and a decreasing proportion from a street dealer (from 44% to 17%). Most (62%) believed that the original source of their illicit methadone was a take-away dose.