Queensland Drug Trends 2018: Key findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)
May 24, 2019
Each year the Drug Trends team at NDARC conduct interviews with people in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions who report regular use of stimulant drugs. The Queensland report for 2018 has recently been released, titled “Queensland Drug Trends 2018 Key findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System (EDRS) Interviews”. The research can give us some indications of drug trends occurring in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions.
The study found a significant increase in past month ecstasy use from 2017 to 2018, as well as a continued trend of increased recent (past six month) cocaine use, and an increase in recent use of LSD. The EDRS also detected a significant increase in the recent use of nitrous oxide, with 26% of the sample reporting recent use in 2017, compared with 57% reporting recent use in 2018.