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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

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56 Table 40: Usual source for recent score of methadone, % commented, 2003-2005 2003 (n=16) 2004 (n=26) 2005 (n=24) Street dealer 44 27 17 Dealers home 6 12 4 Friend 31 54 79 Mobile dealer 6 0 0 Gift from friend - - 0 Time to score (median mins) 45 45 30 Original source (n=18) (n=26) (n=21) Take-away 17 69 62 Daily dose 0 0 5 Script 0 8 0 Source: IDRS IDU interviews 8.2.3 Use The recent use of illicit methadone amongst the sample has sharply increased since 2003 from 4% to 21%; however, recent injecting of illicit methadone has fluctuated (Table 41). The median days that illicit methadone was used in the prior six months has remained stable at six days in 2005 whereas the median days methadone was injected has increased to nine days in 2005. Table 41: Selected trends in IDU methadone use, 2003-2005 Illicit methadone Licit methadone Illicit Physeptone Licit Physeptone 2003 2004 2005 2003 2004 2005 2003 2004 2005 2003 2004 2005 Used last 6 months (%) 4 11 21 16 14 18 35 24 32 14 4 6 Injected last 6 months (%) 13 22 13 10 5 8 35 21 26 12 5 6 Days used last 6 months (median) 4 7 6 30 180 180 6 3 6 90 60 180 Days injected last 6 months (median) 2 5 9 3 93 24 6 5 7 60 55 180 Methadone 2003 2004 2005 IDU drug of choice (%) 2 1 2 Drug taken yesterday 9 7 15 Source: IDRS IDU interviews The recent use of licit methadone has remained stable over the last three years at 18% in 2005, and the recent injection of licit methadone has fluctuated slightly since 2003 with 8% reporting doing so in 2005. The median days licit methadone was reported to be used in the last six months remains stable since 2004 at 180 days; however, this was a sharp increase from 30 days in 2003. In 2005 licit methadone was injected at a median of weekly (24 days) which was a decline from


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