Drug Trends - Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)

  • Research program: Harm reduction policy and strategies
  • Project status: Current
  • Start date: August 1999
  • Expected end date: June 2019
  • Completion date:
  • Funded by: CDHAC & NDLERF via National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney, NSW
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This study comprises the Perth arm of a research project to monitor illicit drug use trends in major cities across Australia. The project is coordinated nationally by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) provides a co-ordinated approach to the monitoring of data associated with illicit drug use in Australia. The information collected is intended to act as an early warning system for the availability and use of four main drug categories: heroin, amphetamines, cocaine and cannabis. It has been piloted for two years in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. The project has been funded in all states and territories in Australia Since 1999 by The Australian Government Department of Health (AGDH). Thus the methods employed in the Perth arm for the last 14 years included a survey of 100 injecting drug users, a qualitative study of key informants who work in the drug field (eg health, law enforcement, outreach, and research professionals) and an examination of existing indicators (eg survey data, health and police data).

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location

Dietze, P., Stare, M., Cogger, S., Nambiar, D., Olsen, A., Burns, L. and Lenton, S. (2018). Knowledge of naloxone and take-home naloxone programs among a sample of people who inject drugs in Australia: Variations across capital cities. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37, (4), pp. 457-463. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12644 [RJ1361] View web page

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2017). WA Drug Trends 2016: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). Australian Drug Trend Series No. 169. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, NSW. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3691-8 [T251] Download PDF

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2016). WA Drug Trends 2015: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3630-7 [T244] View web page

Van Buskirk, J., Roxburgh, A., Bruno, R., Naicker, S., Lenton, S., Sutherland, R., Whittaker, E., Sindicich, N., Matthews, A., Butler, K. and Burns, L. (2016). Characterising dark net marketplace purchasers in a sample of regular psychostimulant users. International Journal of Drug Policy, 35, pp. 32-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.01.010 [RJ1113] View web page

Dietze, P., Cogger, S., Malandkar, D., Olsen, A. and Lenton, S. (2015). Knowledge of naloxone and take-home naloxone programs among a sample of people who inject drugs in Australia. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW, Sydney. ISBN: 1449-2725 [T237] View web page Abstract

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2015). Indicators of an increase in heroin availability in Western Australia. Drug Trends Bulletin December 2015. NDARC, Sydney. [T243] View web page Abstract

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2015). WA Drug Trends 2014: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3541-6 [T236] View web page

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2014). WA Drug Trends 2013. Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-3420-4 [T233] Download PDF

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2013). Indications and implications of a gradual recovery in Perth's heroin market. Drug Trends Bulletin, April. [UJ187]

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2013). WA Drug Trends 2012: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). [T222]

Horyniak, D., Dietze, P., Degenhardt, L., Higgs, P., McIlwraith, F., Alati, R., Bruno, R., Lenton, S. and Burns, L. (2013). The relationship between age and risky injecting practices among a sample of Australian people who inject drugs. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132, (3), pp. 541-546. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.03.021 [RJ890] View web page

Rainsford, C., A. and Lenton, S. (2012). WA Drug Trends 2011: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS), NDARC Technical Report No. 79. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney. [R253]

Rainsford, C., A., Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2010). WA Trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2009: Findings from the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). [T197]

Rainsford, C., A., Lenton, S. and Fetherston, J. (2010). Indications of changing trends in heroin and other opioid use in IDRS data nationally and in Western Australia. Drug Trends Quarterly Bulletin, April. National Drug and Alcohol Research Committee, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 1449-2725 [UP25] Download PDF

George, J., Fetherston, J., Lenton, S. and Santana, L. (2009). WA drug trends 2008: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) NDARC Technical Report No. 25. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7334-2746-6 [T198]

George, J., Fetherston, J., Lenton, S. and Santana, L. (2009). Western Australian Drug Trends 2008: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). National Drug and Alcohol research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. [T196]

Black, E., Roxburgh, A., Degenhardt, L., Bruno, R., Campbell, G., de Graff, B., Fetherston, J., Kinner, S., Moon, C., Quinn, B., Richardson, M., Sindicich, N. and White, N. (2008). Australian drug trends 2007: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). [T188]

Degenhardt, L., Kinner, S., Roxburgh, A., Black, E., Bruno, R., Fetherston, J. and Fry, C. (2008). Drug use and risk among regular injecting drug users in Australia: Does age make a difference? Drug and Alcohol Review, 27, pp. 357-360. [RJ622] Abstract

Degenhardt, L., Roxburgh, A., Black, E., Bruno, R., Campbell, G., Kinner, S. and Fetherston, J. (2008). The epidemiology of methamphetamine use and harm in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27, (3), pp. 243-252. [RJ616] Abstract

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2008). WA Drug Trends 2007: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. [T182]

Fetherston, J., Topp, L., Black, E., Iverson, J. and Maher, L. (2008). Blood borne virus surveillance among sentinel samples of injecting drug users. IDRS Drug Trends December Bulletin 2007. [UJ151]

Black, E. and Fetherston, J. (2007). Australian Drug trends 2006: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). [T183]

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2007). WA Drug Trends 2006: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. [T173]

O'Brien, S., Black, E., Degenhardt, L., Roxburgh, A., Campbell, G., de Graff, B., Fetherston, J., Jenkinson, R., Kinner, S., Moon, C. and White, N. (2007). Australian Drug trends 2006: Findings from the Illicit Drug reporting System (IDRS). [T174]

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2006). WA Drug Trends 2005: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. [T164]

Stafford, J., Degenhardt, L., Black, E. and Fetherston, J. (2006). Australian drug trends 2005: Findings from the Illicit Drug reporting System (IDRS). National Drug Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney. [T165]

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2005). WA Drug Trends 2004: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney. [T158]

Stafford, J., Degenhardt, L., Black, E., Bruno, R., Buckingham, K., Fetherston, J., Jenkinson, R., Kinner, S., Moon, C., Ward, J. and Weekley, J. (2005). Australian drug trends 2004: Findings from the Illicit Drug reporting System (IDRS). [M54]

Breen, C., Degenhardt, L., Roxburgh, A., Bruno, R., Fetherston, J., Jenkinson, R., Kinner, S., Moon, C., Proudfoot, P., Ward, J. and Weekley, J. (2004). Australian Drug Trends 2003: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). NDARC, Sydney. [T146]

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2004). WA Drug Trends 2003. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney. [T142]

Breen, C., Degenhardt, L., Bruno, R., Roxburgh, A., Duquemin, A., Fetherston, J., Fischer, J., Jenkinson, R., Kinner, S., Longo, M. and Rushforth, C. (2003). Australian Drug Trends 2002: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). [T134]

Fetherston, J. and Lenton, S. (2003). WA Drug Trends 2002: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). NDARC, University of New South Wales. [T133]

Hargreaves, K., M. and Lenton, S. (2002). WA Drug Trends 2001: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney. [T119]

Hargreaves, K., M. and Lenton, S. (2001). WA Drug Trends 2000: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney. [T184] Abstract

Topp, L., Darke, S., Humeniuk, R., Bruno, R., Hargreaves, K., M., Williams, P., Fry, C., O'Reilly, B. and McAllister, R. (2001). Australian drug trends 2000 IDRS: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System. National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Sydney. [M34]

Hargreaves, K., M. and Lenton, S. (2000). WA Drug Trends 1999: Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System. NDARC, Sydney. ISBN: 0733406785 [T95]