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

The report is based on interviews with a sentinel sample of people who regularly use ecstasy and other stimulants recruited from all capital cities of Australia.

In 2019, we have provided a suite of products with the most up-to-date findings from interviews conducted annually from 2000-2019 recruited from Sydney via Facebook and snowballing. 

This includes:

  1. report overviewing the key findings in 2018
  2. An infographic  summarising key findings in 2018
  3. 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

Please note: 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 2019

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: Swanton, R, Gibbs, D & Peacock, A 2019, New South Wales Drug Trends 2019: Key findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) Interviews, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney.

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.



Rosie Swanton, Daisy Gibbs & Amy Peacock
Date Commenced
25 Nov 2019
Resource Type
Drug Trends Jurisdictional Reports