Upping and downing in Down Under: Patterns and trends in Queensland and Australia

Davey, Jeremy D. & Davies, Amanda (2000) Upping and downing in Down Under: Patterns and trends in Queensland and Australia. In International Community Epidemiology Work Group, 13-16 June 2000, Baltimore, USA.


Heroin is highly available in Australia. Heroin prices continue to fall, while purity continues to increase. Agencies report increases in heroin use among younger and more mainstream youth. Opioid mortality has doubled over the last decade. Most agencies report increases in amphetamine use and consequences. Although not highly prevalent, cocaine abuse appears to be increasing, as are cocaine seizures, cocaine-related arrests, and purity levels. Reports of use of LSD among youth, usually as a second drug, are increasing. The availability of MDMA ("ecstasy") has doubled in recent months, and it remains a popular drug of use among young people, especially at raves. Cannabis continues to be the most widely abused illicit drug, and an increasing number of users are presenting for treatment.

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ID Code: 9380
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: For inquiries concerning this report, please contact Jeremy Davey, School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Carseldine Campus, Brisbane 4034, Queensland, Australia. E-mail: j.davey@qut.edu.au.
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:44

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