LSD supplanting ecstasy, as use doubles in three years

Data from the Illicit Drugs Reporting System, released last month, showed that LSD use among regular ecstasy users had increased from 28% in 2007 to 46% in 2011.

The report, released by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), parallels findings of the 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey report earlier this year showing use of hallucinogens in the population had increased from 0.6% in 2007 to 1.4% in 2010.

NDARC director Professor Michael Farrell said the increased LSD use coincided with a drop in ecstasy use.

“It’s possible that... people have been taking it because of the reported low quality of ecstasy,” he said.

“People like Steve Jobs saying [LSD] was an important thing for him to do, it’s difficult to know what impact senior influential people saying things has on drug use.” 

Professor Steve Allsop, director of the National Drug Institute at Curtin University,