Travellers in the Territory: A comparison of Darwin residents and travellers from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System

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Author: Elizabeth Whittaker, Lucinda Burns

Resource Type: Drug Trends Bulletins

Key Findings

  • Fifty-two per cent of the Northern Territory EDRS sample from 2013 and 2014 were domestic or international travellers.
  • Participants who identified as travellers were significantly more likely to be older and completed higher education after school. Inversely, travellers were significantly less likely to be employed full-time.
  • In terms of recent drug use, travellers were significantly more likely to have used cocaine, nitrous oxide and ketamine; however, Darwin residents were significantly more likely to have recently used ice/crystal and MDA.
  • A significantly higher proportion of travellers were found to be drinking alcohol at hazardous levels.
  • Significantly less travellers reported a mental health problem compared to residents, however there was no difference found between the two groups in terms of their psychological distress scores (K10).
  • A significantly higher proportion of travellers reported having casual sex in the past six months than residents. Aside from this finding, both groups had similar sexual risk profiles.
  • Both groups had similar rates for bingeing, overdose and criminal activity.