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
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
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50 Figure 29: Change in potency of hydro and bush cannabis in past six months, % able to comment, 2011 Source: IDRS participant interviews 5.4.4 KE comment The cost of hydro was identified as $30 per gram by several KEs. One Health KE suggested that hydro cost $30-$50 per bag, depending upon weight. One Law KE also reported that grams of hydro sold for $30-$50 but noted that what was sold as a gram often weighed less than a gram and was closer to half a gram. Two Law KEs reported that grams of hydro sold for $25-$30. Only three KE commented upon the price of ounces of hydroponically grown cannabis, suggesting that most cannabis users purchased the substance in grams. A Health KE reported ounces to cost $400 while one Law KE reported that ounces were generally sold for between $400-$500, with pounds selling for between $4,000-$5,000. This KE also observed that the cost of cannabis was up to five times higher in Aboriginal communities, consistent with the report by one court clinician that grams of cannabis sold for up to $125 in Aboriginal communities. The other police officer reported that ounces of hydro generally sold for between $400-$600 with pounds selling for between $5,000-$6,000. This KE observed that the cost of pounds of hydroponically grown cannabis had increased significantly since last year. He also stated that cannabis prices were four times higher in Aboriginal communities. A Health KE reported that quarter ounces of hydro sold for $100. Two KE commented upon the price of bush cannabis, with one Health KE stating that bush cannabis generally sold for $350 an ounce and one Health KE reporting that ounces of bush cannabis sold for between $300-$400. The quality of hydro was reported as high by several Health KEs. One Health KE provider said that quality varied and one court clinician agreed that quality varied but added that it was usually high. In relation to the quality of bush cannabis, one Health KE suggested that the quality was better than in recent years. One Law KE also reported bush cannabis to be of high quality. Eight KE reported that hydro was easy to obtain. One Law KE suggested that hydro availability was not only easy but had increased since last year. Another Health KE referred to a tightening of the cannabis market in general, leading to increased use of other drugs. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Dont know Increasing Stable Decreasing Fluctuates % c o m m e n te d Hydro Bush