Key findings

Eligibility for EDRS participation is based on regular ecstasy use, that is, use on at least 6 occasions in the 6 months prior to interview. While the use of ecstasy is occurring in the Northern Terrritory it appears that the frequency of use is likely too low to recruit a sample of meaningful size based on this criteria.
This may be in part due to:

  • Darwin being the smallest capital city in Australia and its population being nearly half the size of the country’s 2nd smallest capital city, Hobart.
  • The Northern Territory (NT) having the most expensive ecstasy prices in the country.
  • Seasonal differences between monsoonal Darwin and other, more temperate capital cities at the time of recruitment (April).
  • Large number of transient young people, ‘backpackers’ and other young tourists, miltary personnel and seasonal workers.
  • Levels of alcohol consumption much higher than the national average.
  • The remote geographical location away from the major drug markets of Sydney and Melbourne.



Joe Van Buskirk, Benjamin Phillips, Lucy Burns
Date Commenced
03 Apr 2012
Resource Type
Drug Trends Bulletins