The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) is an illicit drug monitoring system which has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2003, 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 2000-2018 with a cross-sectional sentinel group of people who regularly use ecstasy and other stimulants recruited from Sydney via Facebook and snowballing. 

This includes:

  1.  A report overviewing the key findings in 2018
  2. An infographic  summarising key findings in 2018
  3.  A PowerPoint slide deck comprising key figures that display trends of interest
  4. 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
October 2018

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: Gibbs, D. & Peacock, A. (2018). New South Wales Drug Trends 2018: Key findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) Interviews. Sydney, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

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 EDRS interviews. 



Gibbs, D. & Peacock, A.
Date Commenced
30 Nov 2018
Resource Type
Drug Trends Jurisdictional Reports