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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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57 the median of every second day (93 days) found last year, but again a sharp increase from only three days in 2003. Recent use and injection of illicit Physeptone has decreased since 2003 but increased since 2004, with 32% of the sample recently using illicit Physeptone and 12% recently injecting illicit Physeptone (Table 41). The median number of days illicit Physeptone was used in the prior six months has only varied by a few days over the last three years. The recent use of licit Physeptone in 2003 was 14% which dropped in 2004 and now remains low at 6% (Table 41). The same pattern exists for recent injection of licit Physeptone, currently also at 6%. The median number of days used licit Physeptone has shown large fluctuations over the past three years from a median of every second day (90 days) in 2003 down to every third day (60 days) in 2004 and now up to daily (180 days) in 2005. Any form of methadone has never been a popular drug of choice, and 2005 showed the same results with only 2% nominating it as their favourite drug (Table 41). The proportion of IDU who report having taken methadone the day before the interview has doubled since 2004 to 15%. Frequency Table 42 below displays the frequency at which recent users reported using any form of methadone (methadone and Physeptone). The proportion of recent methadone users who are using methadone daily has gradually increased over the last three years and is currently 34%. This same pattern can be seen with the proportion of weekly and fortnightly use as well. Although the number of recent methadone users has fluctuated slightly, they are using at an increasing frequency. Table 42: Frequency of methadone use in previous 6 months, % of recent users, 20032005 Any methadone 2003 n=55 2004 n=43 2005 n=53 % fortnightly 49 51 59 % weekly 38 42 49 % daily 18 23 34 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Form As seen in Table 41, the use of licit Physeptone has decreased since 2003, and the use of illicit Physeptone has fluctuated slightly over three years. As can be seen from Table 43, of those who recently used Physeptone, illicit forms were most often used. Illicit methadone use has almost double since 2003 and, although the use of licit methadone has only increased slightly, this is the form that has been used most often in the past three years. This is consistent with the median days of use displayed in Table 41.

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