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NT Drug Trends 2009 : Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)



NT Drug Trends 2009 : Findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)


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National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre; University of New South Wales

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Sydney (N.S.W.)


Australian Drug Trends Series No. 44

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35 5.2 Price Table 12 displays the median prices of the various forms of methamphetamine reported by this years participant sample. Table 12: Price of most recent methamphetamine purchases by participants, 2009 Amount Median price $ Range $ Number of purchasers Speed Point (0.1 g) Halfweight (0.5 g) Gram 50 200 350 40-100 90-250 150-600 11 8 11 Base Point Halfweight (0.5 g) Gram 75 250 400 50-100 - - 2 1 1 Ice/crystal Point (0.1 g) Halfweight (0.5 g) Gram 100 500 800 50-200 - 500-800 7 1 3 Source: IDRS participant interviews Speed Speed was most commonly purchased in points for a median price of $50 (Table 12) and grams for a median of $350. Eight respondents reported a median purchase price of $200 for a halfweight. Figure 9 shows that the median price of points of speed powder has been stable overt time while the median prices of larger amounts has risen steadily. Almost half (43%) of those participants able to comment judged that recent speed prices had been stable, although a third (37%) reported that it had been increasing (Table 13).