The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) is an ongoing illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2000, and forms part of Drug Trends

This year, we have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2021 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly inject drugs recruited from Canberra, ACT. 

This includes:

  1. report overviewing the key findings in 2021
  2. An infographic  summarising key findings in 2021
  3. Supplementary data tables, providing detailed findings underlying the tables and figures within the report

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.

Latest release date
December 2021

Use of the data
Please note that any presentation of these data should include acknowledgment of Drug Trends at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Citation: Uporova, J., & Peacock, A. (2021). Australian Capital Territory Drug Trends 2021: Key Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Interviews. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Australia.

Drug Trends is supported by the Australian Government under the Drug and Alcohol Program.

Please contact the research team at with any queries; to request additional analyses using these data; or to discuss the possibility of including items in future IDRS interviews. 



Julia Uporova, Amy Peacock and Rachel Sutherland
Date Commenced
06 Dec 2021
Resource Type
Drug Trends Jurisdictional Reports