The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Trial: final report

Hando, Julie, Darke, Susannah, O'Brien, Shane, Maher, Lisa and Hall, Wayne The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Trial: final report. University of New South Wales: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, 1996.

Author Hando, Julie
Darke, Susannah
O'Brien, Shane
Maher, Lisa
Hall, Wayne
Title The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) Trial: final report
Place of Publication University of New South Wales
Publisher National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Publication year 1996
Volume 31
ISBN 0 947229 69 8
Start page 1
End page 98
Total number of pages 98
Subjects 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract/Summary In 1995, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services to revise the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) first implemented in Australia in 1989. The revised system aimed to provide a co-ordinated approach to the monitoring of data associated with the use of opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis. This information was to act as an early warning indicator of the use, availability and related health problems of the main drug categories so that responses could be implemented before significant problems developed. Data needed to be sensitive enough to alert the existence of emerging problems of national importance rather than describe phenomenon in detail, given that the main audience was the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy and the National Drug Strategy Committee. In addition to suggesting areas for more detailed data collection, it needed to provide data in a timely manner, collect comprehensive, comparable national data, include representative coverage of the relevant populations, be simple to operate, be linked to a mechanism which could commission the collection of more in-depth data and be cost effective.

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