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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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59 Table 44: Selected trends in IDU buprenorphine use, 2003-2005 Illicit buprenorphine Licit buprenorphine 2003 2004 2005 2003 2004 2005 Used last 6 months (%) 13 15 20 9 13 11 Injected last 6 months (%) 5 6 10 3 2 5 Days used last 6 months (median) 1 3 2 50 30 13 Days injected last 6 months (median) 1 5 4 30 53 3 Buprenorphine 2003 2004 2005 IDU drug of choice (%) 0 0 1 Drug taken yesterday (%) 4 8 7 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Buprenorphine has never been a popular drug of choice and only 1% said it was their favourite drug this year. Seven percent (7%) of the sample reported they had used buprenorphine on the day before the interview. Frequency Table 45: Frequency of buprenorphine use in previous 6 months, % recent users, 20032005 Any buprenorphine 2003 n=21 2004 n=19 2005 n=29 % fortnightly 33 42 38 % weekly 29 32 31 % daily 5 11 10 Source: IDRS IDU interviews The proportion of recent buprenorphine users who use it at least daily (10%), weekly (31%) and fortnightly (38%) has remained similar over the last two years, but increased slightly since 2003 (Table 45). Form The proportion of IDU reporting licit buprenorphine use has decreased from 15% in 2004 to 11% in 2005 and the use of illicit buprenorphine has gradually increased since 2003 to 20% in 2005 (Table 46). Nine percent (9%) would use licit and 18% would use illicit buprenorphine most often. Table 46: Forms of buprenorphine used previous six months and primary form, % IDU, 2003-2005 2003 (n=109) 2004 (n=111) 2005 (n=107) Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Licit 7 7 15 12 11 9 Illicit 15 12 17 14 20 18 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Route All information about routes of administration for buprenorphine were collected; however, no one reported ever snorting or smoking buprenorphine.