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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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64 Table 53: Forms of benzodiazepine used previous six months, primary form and brand, % IDU, 2003-2005 2003 (n=109) 2004 (n=111) 2005 (n=107) Used Most often Used Most often Used Most often Licit 36 28 38 31 27 25 Illicit 33 22 41 24 34 26 Brand Xanax 2 4 5 Vallium/diazepam 23 39 27 Hypnodorm 2 5 4 Serepax/oxazepam 0 4 5 Rohypnol 1 1 4 temazepam 9 6 6 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Vallium/diazepam remains the most common brand of benzodiazepine used in the last three years (Table 53). All other brands remain relatively stable, with small increases in Xanax, Serepax/oxazepam and Rohypnol, and a small decrease in the use of temazepam. Route All information about routes of administration for benzodiazepines were collected; however, no one reported recently snorting or smoking benzodiazepines. 9.2 Anti-depressants Recent use of anti-depressants has shown slight fluctuations over the last three years with 23% of the 2005 sample reporting using anti-depressants in the prior six months (Table 54). Recent injecting of anti-depressants remains low at 1%. In 2003 anti-depressants were used on a median of 42 days which sharply increased to daily (180 days) in 2004, and remains the same in 2005. Anti-depressants were injected on a median of 3 days which is similar to the prior two years. Anti-depressants have never been reported as a drug of choice by IDU. Table 54: Selected trends in IDU anti-depressant use, 2003-2005 2003 n=109 2004 n=111 2005 n=107 Used last 6 months (%) 21 29 23 Injected last 6 months (%) 1 1 1 Days used last 6 months (median) 42 180 180 Days injected last 6 months (median) 2 7 3 IDU drug of choice (%) 0 0 0 Drug taken yesterday 5 11 8 Source: IDRS IDU interviews Frequency The proportion of recent users who are using anti-depressants daily, at least weekly and at least fortnightly have all increased over the last three years, with 60% reporting they use antidepressants daily, 80% using at least weekly and 88% using at least fortnightly (Table 55).