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Monitoring drug markets in the Internet age and the evolution of drug monitoring systems in Australia


Burns, L and Roxburgh, A and Bruno, R and Van Buskirk, J, Monitoring drug markets in the Internet age and the evolution of drug monitoring systems in Australia, Drug Testing and Analysis, 6, (7-8) pp. 840-845. ISSN 1942-7611 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/dta.1613


In Australia, drug monitoring systems have been in place for more than a decade allowing for the measurement of ongoing trends in drug use and the detection of new drugs. The Drug Trends Unit at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre monitors drugs through four separate systems. The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) measures the price, purity, and availability of drugs that are primarily injected. The Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) monitors psychostimulants that are used recreationally. The National Illicit Drugs Indicator Project (NIDIP) analyzes indicator data including drug-related hospitalizations and deaths. Finally, the Drugs and Emerging Technologies Project (DNeT) analyzes the role of the Internet in the procurement and use of novel psychoactive substances. This paper provides an overview of each component of the system, demonstrating how the system has evolved over time.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:novel psychoactive substances, ecstasy, internet, synthetic drug
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Biological psychology
Research Field:Behavioural neuroscience
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, R (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
ID Code:89668
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-03-11
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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