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Ecstasy/MDMA use and markets in Australia, 2013-2022

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Author: Julia Uporova, Raimondo Bruno , Amy Peacock

Resource Type: Drug Trends Bulletins

The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is a national drug monitoring system intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets, and form part of Drug Trends.

The aim of this bulletin is to consolidate various data sources on MDMA consumption and markets in Australia over the last decade.

Background: Ecstasy is one of the more commonly used illicit substances in Australia, particularly among young adults. Indeed, the most recent National Drug Strategy Household Survey (2019) found that ecstasy was the third most commonly used illicit drug in Australia after cannabis and cocaine, with use reported by 3% of Australians aged 14 and older in the past 12 months. According to the 2019 Global Drug Survey, Australia has the second highest rate of MDMA use in the world, after the Netherlands.