Drug taking in Australia has shifted during the COVID-19 pandemic, with users finding it difficult to source heroin and methamphetamine and turning increasingly to cannabis.

Two major surveys of regular drug users suggest lockdowns have affected the availability of some illegal drugs, as well as the kinds of drugs people want to take.

Ecstasy, cocaine and ketamine users reported using the drugs less frequently, citing fewer opportunities to go out or be with friends.

But the University of New South Wales’ National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre’s program lead for drug trends, Amy Peacock, told RN Breakfast the research revealed the use of other drugs had increased among some users.

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