NDRI Seminar: Drug trends in WA - Findings from the 2019 IDRS and EDRS
Presented by Seraina Agramunt and Jodie Grigg, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
*** PLEASE NOTE THIS SEMINAR WILL NOT BE DELIVERED FACE-TO-FACE, BUT WE PLAN TO RECORD IT ON THURSDAY 26 MARCH AND POST THE VIDEO ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL ***
Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) – Seraina Agramunt
The IDRS is a national illicit drug monitoring system of people who regularly inject drugs. Conducted annually in each jurisdiction of Australia, the aim of the IDRS is to identify emerging drug trends to analyse and monitor the use, market features and harms of illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis and pharmaceutical opioids. In this seminar, key trends observed in the 2019 WA IDRS sample will be presented.
Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) – Jodie Grigg
The EDRS illicit drug monitoring system has been conducted in all states and territories of Australia since 2003. Its purpose is to provide a coordinated approach to monitoring the use, market features, and harms of ecstasy and related drugs. This includes drugs that are routinely used in the context of entertainment venues and other recreational locations, including ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, new psychoactive substances, LSD (d-lysergic acid), and ketamine. The EDRS is designed to be sensitive to emerging trends. In this seminar, a summary of key findings from the 2019 WA EDRS data will be presented.
About the speakers
Seraina Agramunt has a background in psychology and has been involved in various drug and alcohol-related projects at NDRI since 2012. She took part in the Client Pathways through Treatment Project and the Evaluation of The Naloxone Peer Education Project conducted by the WA Substance Users Association (now Peer Based Harm Reduction WA). She currently works as a Research Associate coordinating the WA IDRS Project, as well as the Study Evaluation of the Expansion of Take-home Naloxone Project conducted by the Mental Health Commission.
Jodie Grigg has been with the National Drug Research Institute since 2010. In that time she has worked across numerous illicit drug projects, including coordinating the WA arm of the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS). Earlier this year she also submitted her PhD: ‘A mixed-methods study of drug use at outdoor music festivals in Western Australia and Victoria’.
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Posted on: 1 Mar 2020