Posters | 14 10 2015


Travellers in the Territory: A comparison of Darwin residents and travellers from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System




Young people’s substance use patterns typically increase when they travel1. Increased consumption of alcohol and other drugs is associated with a number of risk-taking behaviours and negative health outcomes, including increases in unsafe sex, overdoses and accidents2,3.

Travellers engaging in these behaviours within an unfamiliar setting may be vulnerable, as they often have a limited knowledge of local health services and smaller social networks to assist them if they experience trouble1.

With the recent upward trend in visitation of both domestic and international travellers to Darwin4, it is important we examine what substance use consumption patterns are occurring in Darwin, and what the health and other risk-related issues are.