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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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63 9.0 OTHER DRUGS 9.1 Benzodiazepines Recent use of benzodiazepines has remained consistent over the last three years, with 53% of the 2005 sample reporting using benzodiazepines in the prior six months (Table 51). Recent injecting of benzodiazepines decreased from 2003 to 2004 but has remained stable in 2005 at 21%. In 2005 benzodiazepines were used on a median of 13 days, which has only changed by a few days over the last three years; however, benzodiazepines were injected on a median of 4 days which is a sharp decline from the 14 days in 2004. This is possibly reflected in the figures for drug taken yesterday, which has halved for benzodiazepines since last year from 14% to 7%. In 2003 and 2004 no one reported benzodiazepines as their drug of choice, and this year 4% nominated benzodiazepines as their favourite drug. Table 51: Selected trends in IDU benzodiazepine use, 2003-2005 2003 n=109 2004 n=111 2005 n=107 Used last 6 months (%) 54 56 53 Injected last 6 months (%) 30 20 21 Days used last 6 months (median) 14 11 13 Days injected last 6 months (median) 12 14 4 IDU drug of choice (%) 0 0 4 Drug taken yesterday 14 14 7 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Frequency The proportion of recent users who use benzodiazepines daily increased in 2004 and remains stable at 14 days in 2005 (Table 52). The proportion of at least weekly users has increased in 2005 to 42% and the proportion of at least fortnightly users remains stable since 2004 at 51%. Table 52: Frequency of benzodiazepine use in previous 6 months, % recent users, 20032005 2003 n=59 2004 n=62 2005 n=57 % fortnightly 58 50 51 % weekly 37 35 42 % daily 7 16 14 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Form Use of licit and illicit forms of benzodiazepines has decreased since 2004, with similar proportions reporting that they mostly use each form (25% licit, 26% licit, Table 53). In 2003 a higher percentage had used licit benzodiazepines compared to illicit benzodiazepines, whereas this was reversed in 2004 and 2005 with the gap between to two getting wider. However, in 2004, although a higher proportion of IDU had used illicit benzodiazepines, a higher proportion reported that they would most often use licit benzodiazepines. Whereas this year a higher percentage of IDU had used illicit benzodiazepines compared to licit, now more are reporting they also most often use illicit benzodiazepines.

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