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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Ecstasy and Related Drugs Initiative in WA (EDRS)

Project Team

Chief Investigator:

Professor Simon Lenton, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Co-investigator:

Marina Nelson, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Contact Person:

Marina Nelson, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Project

This study comprises the Perth arm of a research project to monitor illicit drug use trends in major cities across Australia. The aims of the study are to examine the demographic characteristics, patterns of ecstasy and other 'party drug' use, perceived harms associated with use, drug market factors such as price, potency availability of ecstasy and other party drugs in Perth, Western Australia from a sample of regular users of ecstasy. The project is coordinated nationally by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), and has been conducted annually in WA since 2003.

The study involves data from three sources: face-to-face interviews of 100 regular ecstasy users; telephone interviews with 20 key informants; and analysis of name de-identified existing databases from the health and law enforcement sectors. The three sources of data are triangulated against each other in order to minimise the weaknesses inherent in each one and to ensure that only valid emerging trends are documented. The objectives are to add this data to that collected in other Australian jurisdictions to monitor drug trends and inform strategies to reduce drug related harm associated with the use of ecstasy and other 'party drugs'.

Expected Outcome: Monitoring of trends and identification of early warnings in changes in these trends in the availability and use of ecstasy and related 'party drugs'.

Publications

Horyniak, D., Dietze, P., Lenton, S., Alati, R., Bruno, R., Matthews, A., Breen, C. and Burns, L. (2017). Trends in reports of driving following illicit drug consumption among regular drug users in Australia, 20072013: Has random roadside drug testing had a deterrent effect? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 104, pp. 146-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.05.008 [RJ1342] Paper

Nelson, M. and Lenton, S. (2017). WA Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2016: Findings from the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). Australian Drug Trends Series No. 178. NDARC UNSW, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3691-8 [T252] Paper

Sutherland, R., Bruno, R., Peacock, A., Lenton, S., Matthews, A., Salom, C., Dietze, P., Butler, K., Burns, L. and Barratt, M.J. (2017). Motivations for new psychoactive substance use among regular psychostimulant users in Australia. International Journal of Drug Policy, 43, pp. 23-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.12.021 [RJ1291] Paper

Nelson, M. and Lenton, S. (2016). WA Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drugs Markets 2015: Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). Australian Drug Trends Series No. 160. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3639-0 [R286] Paper

Sutherland, R., Peacock, A., Whittaker, E., Roxburgh, A., Lenton, S., Matthews, A., Butler, K., Nelson, M., Burns, L. and Bruno, R. (2016). New psychoactive substance use among regular psychostimulant users in Australia, 2010-2015. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, pp. 110-118. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.024 [RJ1188] Paper

Nelson, M. and Lenton, S. (2015). WA Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2014: Findings from the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). Australian Drug Trends Series No. 142. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3550-8 [T238] Paper

Nguyen, P., Bruno, R., Alati, R., Lenton, S., Burns, L. and Dietze, P. (2014). Self-reported recent testing and diagnosis for sexually transmitted infections among regular ecstasy users in Australia, 2011-2012. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, (2), pp. 211-214. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12105 [RJ889] Paper

Burns, L., Roxburgh, A., Matthews, A., Bruno, R., Lenton, S. and Van Buskirk, J. (2014). The rise of New Psychoactive Substances in Australia. Drug Testing and Analysis. DOI: 10.1002/dta.1626 [RJ966] Paper

Grigg, J. and Lenton, S. (2014). WA Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2013: Findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). NDARC Technical Report No. 124. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3411-2 [R270]

Grigg, J. and Lenton, S. (2013). WA Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2012: Findings from the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). NDARC Technical Report No. 106. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3247-7 [T224]

George, J. and Lenton, S. (2008). WA trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2007: Findings from the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). Australian Drug Trends Series No. 16. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 9780733426353 [T186]

George, J. and Lenton, S. (2007). WA trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2006: Findings from the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). NDARC Technical Report No. 275. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. [T185]

George, J. and Lenton, S. (2006). WA Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2005: Findings from the Party Drugs Initiative (PDI). National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC): University of New South Wales. [T170]

Stafford, J., Degenhardt, L., Dunn, M., Fischer, J., George, J., Johnston, J., Matthews, A., Newman, J., Proudfoot, P. and Weekley, J. (2006). Australian Trends in Ecstasy and Related Drug Markets 2005: Findings from the Party Drugs Initiative (PDI). National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC): University of New South Wales. [M65]