The development of an early warning system to detect trends in illicit drug use in Australia: The illicit drug reporting-system

Hando, Julie, Darke, Shane, OBrien, Susannah, Maher, Lisa and Hall, Wayne (1998) The development of an early warning system to detect trends in illicit drug use in Australia: The illicit drug reporting-system. Addiction Research, 6 2: 97-113. doi:10.3109/16066359808993294


Author Hando, Julie
Darke, Shane
OBrien, Susannah
Maher, Lisa
Hall, Wayne
Title The development of an early warning system to detect trends in illicit drug use in Australia: The illicit drug reporting-system
Journal name Addiction Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1058-6989
Publication date 1998-04-01
Year available 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/16066359808993294
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 97
End page 113
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York
Publisher Harwood Academic Publishers
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Appropriate ways to monitor the availability and use of illicit drugs were examined. Four methods were tested concurrently: (1) a quantitative survey of injecting drug users, (2) a qualitative key informant study of illicit drug users and professionals working in the drug field, (3) examination of existing sources of survey, health and law enforcement data and (4) an ethnographic study of a high risk group of illicit drug users. The first three methods were recommended for inclusion in an ongoing national monitoring system, enabling the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data on a range of illicit drugs in a relatively brief, quick and cost-effective manner. A degree of convergent validity was also noted among these methods, improving the degree of confidence in drug trends. The importance of injecting drug users as a sentinel population of illicit drug users was highlighted, along with optimal methods for qualitative research.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Social Issues
Drug Trends
Monitoring
Early Warning
Methods
New-south-wales
Heroin Users
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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