Have there been changes in the use of psychedelics amongst people who regularly use ecstasy in Australia?
Jul 2, 2021
The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is an annual sentinel surveillance survey that looks at the price, purity and availability of a range of substances, used by people who regularly use ecstasy and related drugs. There are regular bulletins published from the EDRS dataset that focus on specific issues, with a recent bulletin titled “Have we seen a change in psychedelic use among people who regularly use ecstasy and other illicit stimulants?”. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey has seen a small but significant increase in the use of psychedelic drugs from 2016 to 2019. There has been increasing interest in the therapeutic use of psychedelics, leading to increased media reporting and general interest in this category of substance. The EDRS data from 2010 until 2020 however shows that there has been little change in use over the last decade with almost no change in the median number of days of use, as well as very little change in recent (past six months) use.