The Australian Drug Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2015 report presents the findings from the twelfth year in which data have been collected in all states and territories in Australia on the markets for ecstasy and related drugs (ERD). The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is the most comprehensive and detailed study of Ecstasy and related drugs (ERD) markets in Australia.
Using a similar methodology to the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS), the EDRS monitors the price, purity and availability of ‘ecstasy’ (3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine; MDMA) and other drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), d-lysergic acid (LSD), 3,4-methylendioxyamphetamine (MDA) and ketamine. It also examines trends in the use and harms of these drugs. It utilises data from three sources: (a) surveys with regular psychostimulant users (RPU); (b) surveys with key experts (KE) who have contact with RPU through the nature of their work; and (c) the analysis of existing data sources that contain information on ERD. The EDRS is designed to be sensitive to emerging trends, providing data in a timely manner, rather than describing issues in extensive detail.
It is important to note that the results from the EDRS surveys are not representative of ERD users and drug use in the general population, but this is ‘not’ the aim of these data. These data are intended to provide evidence that is indicative of emerging issues that warrant further monitoring. Regular Ecstasy User (REU)/Regular Psychostimulant User (RPU) are a sentinel group that provides information on patterns of drug use and market trends.