Key findings from the 2018 Western Australia Illicit Drug Reporting System
James Fetherston presented key findings from the 2018 Western Australia Illicit Drug Reporting System interviews as part of a National Drug Research Institute public seminar on Thursday, 28 February.
Key conclusions include:
The demographic characteristics of the sample are largely unchanged, although we are continuing to see progressively older people in the sample.
Heroin remains the primary drug of choice and the drug most injected, although methamphetamine continues to increase in this regard. The use of other opiates continues to decline.
Recent use of methamphetamine is almost totally accounted for by crystal methamphetamine, possibly driven by recent falls in price and ongoing ‘easy’ availability. Numbers reporting overdose remain low.
Cocaine use remains low and appears to be sporadic and opportunistic in the Perth sample.
Recent use of cannabis has increased although numbers using daily have declined.