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Australian Drug Trends 2021: Key findings from the National Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews.

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Author: Rachel Sutherland, Julia Uporova, Udesha Chandrasena, Olivia Price, Antonia Karlsson, Daisy Gibbs, Rosie Swanton, Raimondo Bruno, Paul Dietze, Simon Lenton, Caroline Salom, Catherine Daly, Natalie Thomas, Jennifer Juckel, Seraina Agramunt, Yalei Wilson, E

Resource Type: Drug Trends Jurisdictional Reports

The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is a national illicit drug monitoring system that has been conducted annually since 2000, and is part of Drug Trends. The IDRS interviews people who inject drugs (PWID) from every capital city of Australia and provides an analysis and examination of indicator data sources related to illicit drugs. It is designed to be sensitive to trends, providing data in a timely manner, rather than describing issues in detail.

The 2021 IDRS report provides the most up-to-date findings of the IDRS interviews from 2000 to 2021 with PWID.

This includes:

  1. A report overviewing the key findings in 2021
  2. An infographic summarising key findings in 2021
  3. A background and methods document highlighting approaches to collating and presenting estimates
  4. The executive summary, summarising key findings in 2021
  5. National IDRS data tables, 2021

Results are not representative of all consumers or drug use in the general population and should be interpreted alongside findings from other data sources for a more complete profile of emerging trends in illicit drug use in Australia.

Latest release date

22nd October 2021

Use of the data

Please note that any presentation of these data should include acknowledgment of Drug Trends at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Citation: Sutherland, R., Uporova, J., Chandrasena, U., Price, O., Karlsson, A., Gibbs, D., Swanton, R., Bruno, R., Dietze, P., Lenton, S., Salom, C., Daly, C., Thomas, N., Juckel, J., Agramunt, S., Wilson, Y., Woods, E., Degenhardt, L., Farrell, M. & Peacock, A. (2021). Australian Drug Trends 2021: Key Findings from the National Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.

Funding

Drug Trends is supported by the Australian Government under the Drug and Alcohol Program.

Queries

Please contact the research team at drugtrends@unsw.edu.au with any queries; to request additional analyses using these data; or to discuss the possibility of including items in future IDRS interviews.