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The IDRS is a national annual study conducted in each Australian capital city jurisdiction.
Serving as a strategic early warning system, the aim is to identify emerging trends related to the use, price, purity and availability of illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine and cannabis.
Participant recruitment and interviewing of key experts occurs between June and September each year.
An in-depth report of findings from the previous year’s study is released in March each year.
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The IDRS study provides nationally comparable data with respect to patterns of illicit drug use and related harms, and provides a basis for better informing future policy and research initiatives.
Some recent examples of how IDRS data has been used to inform health, law enforcement and community sector responses to illicit drug use include:
The national IDRS is coordinated by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney.
Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing