Drug Trends

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The Drug Trends program is an internationally-renowned system which NDARC has coordinated since 1996. The program is key to identifying emerging problems in substance use in Australia, and providing impetus for policy responses and intervention.
About the Program: 

Drug Trends triangulates data from various sources to monitor trends in drug use and related harms in Australia.

Information from annual interviews with people who regularly inject drugs (Illicit Drug Reporting System; IDRS) and who regularly use ecstasy and other stimulants (Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System; EDRS) recruited across all jurisdictions in Australia are used alongside analyses of routinely-collected indicator data (e.g., helpline calls, drug treatment episodes) to describe changes in drug use and harm across Australia over time.

National-level data (e.g., drug-related mortality and hospitalisations) are also regularly reported on to describe country-level trends in drug-related harms (National Illicit Drug Indicators Project; NIDIP).  

Availability of substances on online drug marketplaces operating on the ‘dark net’ are monitored regularly to capture trends in online availability of illicit and emerging substances (Drugs and New Technologies; DNeT).

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Interested in accessing existing interview data to conduct analyses or requesting additional data be asked of the participants in the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) or Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)?  Please contact the Drug Trends team (drugtrends@unsw.edu.au) for more information.

External chief investigators:

Professor Paul Dietze, Burnet Institute
Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno, University of Tasmania
Professor Rosa Alati, University of Queensland
Professor Simon Lenton, National Drug Research Institute  


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Annual Reports

Drug Trends Jurisdictional Reports

Drug Trends Bulletins

National Illicit Drug Indicatiors Project (NIDIP) Bulletins


National Illicit Drug Indicators Project (NIDIP) Reports

Technical Reports