Report | 17 05 2016


TAS Drug Trends 2015: Findings from the Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)



The aim of the EDRS is to investigate the patterns of drug use, drug markets, and associated risks and harms among a sentinel group of participants that use ecstasy on a regular basis; as such, this population is not necessarily representative of all consumers of ERD, and the prevalence of ecstasy and other drug use cannot be inferred. However, the study is designed to identify emerging trends and important issues, and the findings suggest the following key areas for consideration.


The sample of 78 REU interviewed in 2015 were typically in their early twenties (range 17-55 years). Three-fifths (63%) of the sample were male. A majority of participants (73%) had completed Year 12, and 45% had completed tertiary qualifications after school (university or trade/technical). A majority of participants were either employed (37%), studying (19%) or both employed and studying (28%). Few participants had come into contact with drug treatment agencies (1%). These demographic characteristics are generally similar to previous cohorts.


Polydrug use was the norm among the REU interviewed, with most having used a range of drug classes in the preceding six months. Recent use of alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, LSD and methamphetamine powder was most common (reported by more than two-fifths of the sample) and over one-tenth had recently used, cocaine, benzodiazepines, or mushrooms. Compared to 2014 significantly fewer reported recent use of methamphetamine powder, methamphetamine base, benzodiazepines and mephedrone in 2015.