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NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2011 : findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)



NT trends in ecstasy and related drug markets 2011 : findings from the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS)


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Date:2011; Australian drug trends series No. 80




Drug abuse surveys -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Ecstasy (Drug) -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Drug abuse -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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

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Sydney (N.S.W)



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43 Figure 23: Participant perceptions of methamphetamine purity (speed, base and ice/crystal) among those who commented, 2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews Figure 24 illustrates an increase in 2011 in reported high purity of all forms of methamphetamine. The most striking increase is for base purity but very few respondents were able to comment. One half of those able to comment rated ice purity as high as compared to 36% who rated ice purity as high in 2010. Figure 24: Proportion of participants reporting speed powder, base and ice/crystal purity as high, among those who commented, 2002-2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews 5.2.3 KE comment Two legal KEs and a Health KE reported that speed powder sold for $50 a point while one other KEs reported that speed powder generally sold for $100 a point. A law KE advised that speed powder sold for $100-$200 a point with grams being sold for $400-$500. A Health KE indicated that ice sold for $200 a point and a law KE reported that the cost of points of ice was basically double that of powder. He noted that grams of ice were sold for between $1,200 to $1,600, adding that the increase in the cost of ice was alarming. The other law KE identified the cost of a gram of ice as $1,600 and noted that both ice and speed powder were generally sold in points. Speed powder was considered to be of consistently low quality by Health and Law KEs (who noted that purity was generally less than 5%). A Health KE stated that interstate clients had commented upon the poor quality of speed powder in the NT, adding that some clients travel to the NT to get away from high-quality speed in other jurisdictions. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Speed powder (n=37) Base (n=5) Ice (n=12) % o f th o se w h o w h o co m m e n te d High Medium Low Fluctuates 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 % p ar ti ci p an ts a b le t o co m m e n t Speed powder Base Crystal

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