Queensland Drug Trends: Illicit Drug Reporting System and Ecstasy and Related Drug System 2022 reports out now
Dec 9, 2022
The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) and the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) have been operating across Australia since 2003. The EDRS and the IDRS track changes in the price, purity, and availability of different substances, as well as other related trends. Since 2008, the use of ecstasy capsules has been on the rise and became the most popular form of ecstasy in 2019. In 2022, 74% of EDRS participants reported using ecstasy capsules, while only 36% reported using ecstasy tablets. For EDRS respondents, social networking applications (85%) surpassed face-to-face interactions (73%) as the most common way to arrange the purchase of illicit or non-prescribed drugs in the 12 months prior to the interview. The IDRS found that the median price for one point of crystal methamphetamine significantly decreased from $70 in 2021 to $50 in 2022. In addition, there was a significant change in the perceived availability of crystal methamphetamine between 2021 and 2022, with more participants reporting that it was "very easy" to obtain in 2022.