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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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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales

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81 12.0 IMPLICATIONS The findings of the 2005 NT IDRS imply that: The use of diverted pharmaceuticals and related harms should be monitored with particular attention paid to the impact of changes in S8 prescribing practices on the illicit drug market. Research should be conducted to better understand the relation between prescribing practices, pharmaceutical diversion and the supply of pharmaceuticals to the illicit market. Given warnings from key experts, it may be appropriate to further monitor patterns and prevalence of benzodiazepine use, along with consideration for the clinical need for their prescription by medical practitioners and other health professionals. With the continuing increases in borrowing and lending used needles, and also the key expert reports of re-using needles, there needs to be an increased focus on the development and distribution of educational material regarding the dangers of sharing injecting equipment. Research should be conducted to better understand the determinants or predictors of unsafe injecting. Given the concerns raised by key experts around cannabis use and related mental health issues, reasons for the decline in treatment episodes where cannabis is the principal drug of concern should be investigated and treatment agencies should be encouraged to give more attention to the potential to reduce the harms associated with cannabis use. The illicit drug market in the NT should continue to be monitored for changes in price, purity and availability trends, and evidence of increasing harms.

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