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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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67 Table 59: Proportion of IDU reporting sharing injecting equipment in the month preceding interview, 2000-2005 2000 (n=100) 2001 (n=135) 2002 (n=111) 2003 (n=109) 2004 (n=111) 2005 (n=107) Spoons/mixing containers 22 30 15 17 32 22 Filters 9 12 10 11 12 7 Tourniquets 12 17 16 17 15 9 Water 8 7 8 10 10 8 Someone use needle after you 11 10 9 10 13 15 You used needle after someone 11 11 6 6 5 7 Source: IDRS IDU interviews 10.2.1 Key expert comment One key expert who was commenting on amphetamine users said that younger users are more likely to engage in unsafe injecting practices and that it is not uncommon for girls to use a needle after their boyfriends. Another KE who answered in reference to morphine users, said that they dont tend to share needles but they will re-use needles. 10.3 Location of injections Table 60: Proportion of IDU reporting usual location for injection in the month preceding interview 2000-2005 2000 (n=100) 2001 (n=135) 2002 (n=111) 2003 (n=109) 2004 (n=111) 2005 (n=107) Private home 71 84 95 92 93 95 Other public area 15 8 2 2 3 3 Car 8 4 1 4 1 1 Public toilet 1 2 2 2 2 1 Source: IDRS IDU interviews As in previous years, a large majority of IDU usually injected in a private home (95%, Table 60). Ninety percent (90%) of IDU also reported that a private home was their last injection location, 4% each stated that a public toilet or another public place was the venue for their last injection, and one person reported last injecting at work. 10.4 Injection-related health problems Sixty-three percent (63%) of the IDU sample reported at least one injection-related health problem, down from 78% last year. The median number of problems reported was one, down from two last year. The most common problem reported was prominent scarring or bruising (43%, Table 61), followed by difficulty injecting (40%). The proportions reporting each injectionrelated health problem are at the lowest since 2002.

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