National Illicit Drug Indicators Project (NIDIP)

Date Commenced:
06/2002
Expected Date of Completion:
Ongoing
Project Supporters:

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Drug Type:
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Project Members
image - 1313980976 Amanda Roxburgh 010
Senior Research Officer
Ph 02 9385 0333
Project Main Description

NIDIP was established in the recognition that there was a greater need for the regular dissemination of trends in the epidemiology of drug-related harms in Australia. It was also established to provide comparable monitoring at an international level as there is increasing recognition among international organisations and countries of the need for evidence based decision making in order to respond effectively to drug-related problems, particularly given the transborder issues associated with global drug trafficking. The recognition of a national and internationally comparable approach to illicit drug-related surveillance and monitoring is highlighted through a number of countries with illicit drug data collections in place (e.g. the Community Epidemiology Working Group on Illicit Drugs (CEWG) in the U.S. and the European Union European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)) as well as international efforts to coordinate global drug trends. The benefits of NIDIP then, include the enhanced dissemination of information on trends in harms related to opioid and psychostimulant use and use of prescription drugs, and a greater evidence base for the development of policy responses and interventions in relation to these harms. NIDIP also provides comparable monitoring of trends at an international level.

Aims

The aims of the National Illicit Drug Indicators Project (NIDIP) are to provide epidemiological data on trends over time in drug-related harms, to complement other Australian monitoring systems such as the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS), and to improve the understanding of, and systematically track changes in, drug-related harms for both illicit and prescription drugs. 

Design and Method

To date NIDIP has identified a comprehensive range of data sources, and produced reviews of drug-related data indicators at a national level as well as within New South Wales. These indicators include: information on population patterns of drug use from national surveys, data on deaths due to drug overdoses, drug-related morbidity and drug treatment data, indicators of drug purity and seizures, and drug-related crime data. Analyses of these indicators are published on a regular basis. The project currently publishesbulletins on drug-related deaths and drug-related hospital separations on annual basis on the NDARC website, as well as a comprehensive report on trends over time in drug use and related harms across a range of data sources. These bulletins and report, along with peer-reviewed journal articles aim to provide as comprehensive an overview as possible of trends in drug use and related harms in Australia over time. 

Progress/Update

In 2013, the NIDIP continued to access and analyse a comprehensive range of national data collections to produce trends in use and harms associated with illicit drugs in Australia. In addition, the comprehensive report on Australian trends in drug use and related harms, integrating a number of data sources and analyses across these data, was updated to include 2013 data (where available).  Finally, an in-depth analysis of the National Coronial Information System is in progress looking at opioid-related mortality in Australia across all types of opioids. 

Output
2013
 
Roxburgh, A., Ritter, A., Slade, T. & Burns, L (2013). Trends in Drug Use and Related Harms in Australia, 2001 to 2013. Sydney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.
 
Roxburgh, A. and Burns, L (2013). Cocaine and methamphetamine related drug-induced deaths in Australia, 2009. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Roxburgh, A. and Burns, L. (2013). Accidental drug-induced deaths due to opioids in Australia, 2009. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Roxburgh, A. and Burns, L (2013). Drug-related hospital stays in Australia, 1993-2011. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
 
2012
 
Roxburgh, A. and Burns, L (2012). Cocaine and methamphetamine related drug-induced deaths in Australia, 2008. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Roxburgh, A. and Burns,L.(2012). Accidental drug-induced deaths due to opioids in Australia, 2008. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Roxburgh, A., and Burns, L. (2012). Drug-related hospital stays in Australia, 1993-2009. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Roxburgh, A., Ritter, A., Slade, T. & Burns, L (2012). Trends in Drug Use and Related Harms in Australia, 2001 to 2012. Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. 
 
Analysis arising from the National Illicit Drug Indicators Project in 2012 was central in informing an invited submission to a NSW Parliamentary enquiry into emerging psychoactive substances.
 
 
2011
 
Roxburgh A. and Burns L. (2011) Drug-induced deaths in Australia, 2007. Sydney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. 
 
 
Roxburgh, A., Ritter, A., Grech, K.,Slade, T. & Burns, L (2011). Trends in Drug Use and Related Harms in Australia, 2001 to 2011. Sydney: Drug Policy Modelling Program, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales. 
 
Roxburgh, A., Brun, R., Larance, B. and Burns, L. (2011) Prescription of opioid analgesics and related harms in Australia, Medical Journal of Australia, 195: 280–284, doi: 10.5694/mja10.11450
 
 
2010
 
Roxburgh, A., and Burns, L. (2010). Drug-related hospital stays in Australia, 1993-2008. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
 
 
2009
 
Roxburgh, A., and Burns, L. (2009). Drug-related hospital stays in Australia, 1993–2007. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Roxburgh A. and Burns L. (2009) Drug-induced deaths in Australia, 2006. Sydney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. 
 
 
2008
 
Roxburgh, A., Burns, L. and Degenhardt, L. (2008). Drug-related hospital stays in Australia, 1993-2006. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. 
 
 
2007
 
Riddell, S., Shanahan, M., Roxburgh, A. and Degenhardt, L. (2007). The cost of drug-related hospital stays in Australia, 1999-2005. NDARC Technical Report Number 285. Sydney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre University of New South Wales.
 
Degenhardt, L. & Roxburgh, A. (2007). 2005 Cocaine and methamphetamine related drug-induced deaths in Australia. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Degenhardt, L. & Roxburgh, A. (2007). Accidental drug-induced deaths due to opioids in Australia, 2005. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
 
2006
 
Degenhardt, L., Roxburgh, A., Black, E., & Dunn, M. (2006). Accidental drug-induced deaths due to opioids in Australia, 2004. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Degenhardt, L., Roxburgh, A., Black, E. and Dunn, M. (2006). 2004 cocaine and amphetamine related drug-induced deaths in Australia. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Roxburgh, A. and Degenhardt, L. (2006) Hospital stays related to illicit drugs in Australia, 1993-2004. NDARC Technical Report Number 261. Sydney National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre University of New South Wales.
 
Roxburgh, A. & Degenhardt, L. (2006). Drug-related hospital stays in Australia, 1993-2005. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
 
2005
 
Jauncey, M., Taylor, L., & Degenhardt, L. (2005). Classification of opioid-induced deaths in Australia: Implications for surveillance, Drug and Alcohol Review 24, 401-409.
 
Barker, B., Conroy, E., Degenhardt, L., Kimber, J., & Dolan, K. (2005). Global indicators for monitoring the illicit drug environment in NSW: Catalogue of datasets and data sources. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Degenhardt, L. & Dietze, P. (2005). Data sources on illicit drug use and harm in Australia. Melbourne: Turning Point Inc.
 
 
2004
 
Degenhardt, L., Roxburgh, A. & Black, E. (2004). Cocaine and amphetamine mentions in accidental drug-induced deaths in Australia, 1997-2003. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Degenhardt, L., Roxburgh, A. & Black, E. (2004). 2003 Australian Bureau of Statistics data on accidental opioid induced deaths. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
 
2003
 
Barker, B., Degenhardt, L. & Breen, C. (2003). Indicators of drug use and treatment in Australia: Preliminary findings from the National Illicit Drug Indicators Project. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Barker, B. & Degenhardt, L. (2003). Cross-national comparisons of drug-induced deaths. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Barker, B. & Degenhardt, L. (2003) Accidental drug-induced deaths in Australia, 1997-2001. Technical Report No. 163. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Barker, B. & Degenhardt, L. (2003) Accidental and suicidal drug-induced deaths in Australia 1997-2001. Technical Report No. 164. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
 
Roxburgh, A. (2003). Family Drug Support: Analysis of calls made to the Family Drug Support telephone service April 2000 to November 2002.Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Degenhardt, L. & Barker, B. (2003). 2002 Australian Bureau of Statistics data on accidental opioid induced deaths. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
 
Degenhardt, L. & Barker, B. (2003). Investigating trends in cocaine and methamphetamine mentions in accidental drug-induced deaths in Australia 1997-2002. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
Project Supporters

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Drug Type
Project Status
Current
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