Pills pop up on Aussie drug hit parade | News.com.au
The University of NSW National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre interviews 600 regular drug users each year to monitor new trends and act as an early warning system for rising deaths and other dangers.
Cannabis is the drug most commonly used by Australians, but the study shows regular drug users are more likely to prefer ecstasy.
One in three regular users now takes ecstasy, up from 27 per cent in 2011, and only 19 per cent use cannabis, down from 20 per cent in 2011.
The price per pill ranges from as high as $30 to as low as $20 across the nation.
The use of ecstasy is highest in NSW, where 38 per cent of regular users take it, while in Victoria 35 per cent of regular users take it, in Tasmania it is used by 32 per cent, only 28 per cent use it in SA and the figure is only 21 per cent in Queensland.
Alcohol, used by 15 per cent of users, is the third most popular drug while cocaine, used by 13 per cent, is fourth most used.