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Home > Australian drug trends 2020: key findings from the National Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) interviews.

Peacock, Amy and Uporova, Julia and Karlsson, Antonia and Price, Olivia and Gibbs, Daisy and Swanton, Rosie and Chan, Roanna and Bruno, Raimondo and Dietze, Paul and Lenton, Simon R and Salom, Caroline and Degenhardt, Louisa and Farrell, Michael (2021) Australian drug trends 2020: key findings from the National Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) interviews. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney.

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The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is a national illicit drug monitoring system intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets, and forms part of Drug Trends. The IDRS consists of annual interviews across all Australian jurisdictions with people who inject drugs (PWID), as well as analysis and examination of indicator data sources related to illicit drugs. The IDRS is designed to be sensitive to trends, providing data in a timely manner, rather than describing issues in detail.

In 2020, we have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2020 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly inject drugs, recruited from all capital cities of Australia.

This includes:

  1. report overviewing the key findings in 2020
  2. An infographic summarising key findings in 2020
  3. A background and methods document highlighting approaches to collating and presenting estimates
  4. The executive summary, summarising key findings in 2020
  5. National IDRS data tables, 2020

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.

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