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November 28, 2014

NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY 2013

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published the full results of the "National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2013."  The National Household Survey is the largest study of its kind in Australia with almost 24 000 people aged over 14 surveyed about their use of substances and perceptions of substance related issues.  The survey found continued declines in rates of smoking, declines in rates of alcohol consumption (including declines in rates of risky drinking), and stable rates of most illicit substances.  The survey also found significant differences in rates of substance use across the community - people in remote or very remote areas were twice as likely as people in major cities to smoke daily, drink alcohol in risky quantities and use methamphetamine in the previous twelve months.

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November 14, 2014

GLOBAL DRUG SURVEY 2015

It's that time of year again - the Global Drug Survey has been launched and this year is set to be the biggest ever.  Last year almost 80 000 people from around the world shared their experiences and expertise, contributing to findings that were reported around the world, reaching over 1 billion people.  The survey aims to get the views of more than 120 000 people from around the world, helping us to understand what people are using and why.  The survey will help us understand why people use synthetic cannabis products, the rise of butane hash oils and why people decide to stop using drugs.  The information from the survey will be used to develop the world's first "safer drug using limits" to build on their fantastic harm reduction information already published in the Global Drug Survey's "The Highway Code". The survey is open from now until December 20th 2014.

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October 31, 2014

2014 IDRS / EDRS KEY FINDINGS AVAILABLE

Every year, the National Drug and Alcohol Research and Education Centre (NDARC) conduct two studies of regular drug users.   The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Study (EDRS) interview people in all states of Australia, and looks at trends in price, purity and availability of various drugs.   The results from the most recent study indicates that whilst heroin continues to be the most commonly injected drug of choice, the use of ice / crystal form of methamphetamine has increased significantly with purity reported as being "high".  Similarly whilst the most popular form of ecstasy consumed is in tablet form, there has been an increasing trend in the use of MDMA crystal which is considered a much more potent form of ecstasy.

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October 24, 2014

QUEENSLAND AOD CONVENTION - FINAL REPORT

The final report from the 2014 Queensland Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Convention is now available.  The Convention was held in Brisbane on 23 July 2014 and brought together more than 100 service managers, policy officers and other key stakeholders from government and non-government alcohol and drug services across the state to discuss good practice in service delivery, with the aim of informing the development of a statewide framework for the AOD treatment sector.

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July 18, 2014

NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY: FIRST RESULTS

The first results of the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey have been released.  This survey is the primary source of prevalence data for substance use in Australia, occurring every 2 to 3 years since 1985.  The survey includes data from nearly 24 000 people aged over 14.  Some of the notable findings include increases in the number of young people abstaining from alcohol use (64% in 2010 up to 72% in 2013), declines in ecstasy use (from 3% in 2010 down to 2.5% in 2013), and no significant changes in cannabis or cocaine use.  Methamphetamine use was stable, however of those who reported methamphetamine use, the proportion who reported using crystal methamphetamine more than doubled (22% in 2010 up to 50% in 2013).  Also of note, the age of initiation for tobacco smoking increased significantly from 14.2 years in 2010 up to 15.9 years in 2013, while the overall smoking rates declined from 15.1% in 2010 to 12.8% in 2013.

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October 18, 2013

TRENDS IN DRUG USE AND RELATED HARMS IN AUSTRAILA 2001 - 2013

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have published "Trends in Drug Use and Related Harms in Australia 2001 to 2013".  This report collates information from a range of data sources, including the National Drug Household Survey, Australian Secondary Students Survey of Alcohol and other Drugs, Illicit Drug Reporting System, Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System amongst others. The authors breakdown each of the major substances and provide a snapshot of the available research including issues such as prevalence, price, purity and availability over time.  While there are difficulties with some of research into drug trends, this document provides a succinct overview of the available data.

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September 20, 2013

HOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FARING 2013

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has published their annual "How young people are faring 2013" report.  The report now in its 15th year looks at education and training outcomes for young people as they transition from school to further study or work.  The report also looks at other social issues including life satisfaction, independence, marriage and housing.  Important findings include increasing rates of year 12 completion, increasing unemployment and a longer transition from education into full-time work.

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June 28, 2013

YOUNG ADULTS: THEN AND NOW

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have published a report titled "Young Adults: Then and now".  The report provides a fascinating look at the changes in young people in Australian from 1976 compared with 2011.  It shows the increasing delay in marriage, young people staying at home longer, and the increasing proportion of young people who are engaging in education or training.

 

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December 14, 2012

LATEST AUSTRALIAN YOUTH DRUG STATISTICS RELEASED

The most recent "Australian Secondary School Students' Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and Over-the counter and Illicit Substances in 2011" report has been published.  This report is considered the largest of its kind focused specifically on young people aged 12 - 17.  The 2011 study was completed by just under 25 000 students across Australia.  A number of findings from this study are of interest.  Cigarette smoking remains low, with reductions amongst the 12-15 year old age range, with smoking rates in 16-17 year olds remained stable.  The proportion of young people who have ever consumed alcohol decreased, while the number of young people consuming alcohol at risky levels appeared to be stable.

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July 6, 2012

WORLD DRUG REPORT RELEASED: CHECK OUT THE INTERACTIVE MAP

You might have heard about the recent release of the United Nations "World Drug Report 2012".  This annual report attempts to collate prevalence rates of drug use from all across the world.  As with past years, Australia has the highest rate of Ecstasy use in the world and close to the highest rates of cannabis use.   There are a number of problems with the methodology, making it difficult to reliably compare prevalence rates across countries, but still the report makes for interesting reading.  If you're not up for a huge read, have a look at the interactive map developed by the The Guardian newspaper, which presents the data in a fantastic interactive format.  We're sure you'll have as much fun with this as we've had.  Enjoy!

The Guardian Drug Use Map of the World

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