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February 10, 2017

AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS' USE OF TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, AND OVER-THE-COUNTER AND ILLICIT SUBSTANCES IN 2014

After a very long wait, the biggest survey of Australian young people's substance use has been published.  The "Australian Secondary School Students Use of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2014" surveyed 23 000 school students aged between 12 and 17.  The survey found a continuing decrease in tobacco use among young people, along with a continuing decrease in alcohol use from the previous surveys in 2011 and 2008.  Use of most illicit drugs was either stable or in decline, there was an increase in Ecstasy use between 2011 and 2014.


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October 21, 2016

DRUG TRENDS WEBSITE

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has developed a website that collates information from the IRDS (Illicit Drug Reporting System), the EDRS (Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System) and some of the other substance use monitoring projects run by NDARC. The site has a handy search feature, which makes it easy to find out price, purity and availability of a variety of substances, and changes in drug use trends over time.

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July 29, 2016

CHILD, ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT SUICIDES IN QUEENSLAND

An article has been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour titled "Child, adolescent and young adult suicides: A comparison based on the Queensland suicide registry". The Queensland suicide registry records all suicides in Queensland since 1990, and contains information from police reports, autopsy and toxicology information, Coroner's findings and a narrative report of the circumstances of death. In this report, 850 youth suicides from 2002 to 2011 were analysed, focusing on differences between the age groups 10-14 (children / early adolescents), 15-19 (late adolescents) and 20-24 (young adults). Across the entire sample, the authors found that one in five young people had made a previous suicide attempt, and more than one third had communicated their intent to commit suicide in the twelve months before their deaths. The authors found a number of important differences across the age cohorts. For example, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people made up 45.2% of suicides in the 10 - 14 year old age group.

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April 28, 2016

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SOCIAL SURVEY

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from September 2014 to June 2015 with a sample of 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia.The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a short animated video highlighting the key findings of the 2014-15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey.

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October 28, 2015

OVERVIEW OF EDRS 2015

An Overview of the 2015 Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) has been released. 763 regular psychostimulant users took part in EDRS which is a  comprehensive study of ecstasy and related drug markets in Australia. Preference for ecstasy has declined and cannabis increased. Recent use of crystal methamphetamine remained stable and speed powder remained the form of methamphetamine used by most participants.

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October 28, 2015

KEY FINDINGS FROM IDRS 2015

The key findings from the Illicit Drug Reorting System (IDRS) 2015 have been released with a supplementary report on drug injection trends from the Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) 1995-2014. There were 888 participants interviewed for the IDRS and heroin remained the most commonly reported drug of choice for participants who inject drugs. The frequency of use of all forms of Methamphetamine remained stable though the use of crystal methamphetamine increased significantly and the use of powdered speed decreased significantly.

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June 19, 2015

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG TREATMENT IN AUSTRALIA 2013 - 14

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published their annual report on "Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2013 -14."  The report provides data from all the alcohol and other drug treatment services that submit data to the AOD National Minimum Dataset.  In Queensland 141 agencies from both government and non-government sectors provided data on the types of presentations and the nature of the AOD treatment provided.  Nationally, alcohol was the common principal drug of concern making up 40% of all treatment episodes.  This was followed by cannabis with 24% of treatment episodes, amphetamines with 17% of treatment episodes and heroin with 7% of treatment episodes.  There was evidence that there are increases in people presenting for treatment for amphetamines, with this class of substance making up only 7% of treatment episodes in 2009 - 10, up to 17% in 2013 -14.

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May 1, 2015

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG TREATMENT IN AUSTRALIA

Continuing with new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, we have the latest data on alcohol and other drug treatment in Australian for 2013 - 14.  There were 795 agencies providing publicly funded AOD treatment in this period, and 122 000 people received treatment.  Alcohol remains the main drug of concern, with 40% of treatment episodes listing alcohol as the primary drug, however there was an increase in people seeking treatment for amphetamines rising from 7% of closed treatment episodes in 2009 increasing to 17% of treatment episodes in 2013 - 14.

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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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