Frequently Asked Questions

Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) - FAQs

Is this research anonymous?

Yes. At no time will information that can identify you (such as your name) be recorded on the questionnaire. You are also free to use a false name.

Is this research legitimate?

Yes. This study is funded by the Australian Government under the Drug and Alcohol Program, and has been conducted in each state and territory in Australia since 2003. It is coordinated nationally by NDARC and coordinated in WA by NDRI.

How long does the interview take?

Usually 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much information is exchanged.

Where are interviews conducted?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 interviews will NOT be conducted face-to-face in cafes. Instead, participants can choose to do the interview over the phone or via secure end-to-end encrypted video conferencing. If you choose to do the interview via videoconferencing, you do not have to register or set up any accounts, you do not have to connect the video if you don’t want to, and the interview would not be video or audio recorded. You would simply be given a link and password which connects you to your private interview.

How will I be reimbursed?

The following options are available for your $40 reimbursement:

  1. Electronic transfer to a bank account;
  2. PayID via a financial institution; or
  3. Electronic Gift Card (e.g. Coles Group & Myer or Woolworths Group).

Importantly, any details you provide will be kept completely confidential and deleted following successful payment (i.e. there will be no way of linking you to this research in future – you will remain anonymous). Our methods to protect your anonymity have been approved by the Curtin Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval number HR27/2015). However, if you have any questions or concerns, we are more than happy to explain the process in greater detail, or you may contact the Curtin HREC directly on (08) 9266 2784.

Can I look at some findings from previous years' studies?

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Has this research received ethics approval?

Yes. Ethics approval from Curtin Human Research Ethics Committee: Approval number HR27/2015. For more details contact Curtin HREC on (08) 9266 2784

What are the aims of this research?

  • To study patterns of ecstasy and other drug use to document changing trends in price, purity and availability of ecstasy and other drugs across Australia;
  • Examine peoples' experience of harms related to the use of ecstasy and other drugs;
  • Understand the characteristics of a sample of current ecstasy users interviewed in each capital city in Australia, and;
  • Identify emerging trends in the drug market that might require further investigation.

How will this collected research be used?

This research project is one of several sources of information about drug use in Australia. The data has been used in the past by drug users and groups advocating for drug users. Results have also been used by government agencies to inform policy decisions on a range of issues including treatment and law enforcement. Every effort is made to collect the data, report on and disseminate the findings of the research in a way that is respectful of people who use drugs. Although, like any research, once data is made publically available, it may be used by others to support a variety of positions, some of which may be in agreement with, and others may be contrary to the views of the researchers and/or research participants.

Who is this research funded by?

The EDRS is funded by the Australian Government under the Drug and Alcohol Program.

Can I be interviewed with friends?

Interviews must be conducted one-on-one with our researchers. However we can schedule you and your friend(s) one after the other on the same day, as long as you and your friend(s) are comfortable waiting until the other has completed their interview confidentially.

I have some friends that might be eligible and interested in being involved; can I tell them about this study?

Yes. We are looking for 100 participants for the WA arm of the study, so feel free to tell your friends and share the link for this study. However, all participants will need to be screened for eligibility.