Non-Prescribed Codeine Use Trending Down

What were the top 10 drug trends of 2019? And how do codeine and other opioids fit into the picture?

Cocaine, ketamine and amyl nitrate use have all gone up in the past year, while non-prescribed use of opioids such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone have come down, according to new findings released on Wednesday.  Dr Amy Peacock, Research Fellow at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney, presented the findings of the latest Drug Trends report at the centre’s annual research symposium.

The report gathered data from two samples in mid-2019: the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) that interviewed people who inject drugs (n= 902), and the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) that interviewed people who use stimulants (n= 797).

Dr Peacock shared the top 10 “drug trends” of 2019 based on the IDRS and EDRS data.

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