NT drug trends 2005 : findings from the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS)
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17 Base This year people only reported purchasing grams and points of base (Table 10). The median price for a gram returned to $250 that was reported in 2003, and a point of base remains at $50, which has not changed since 2003. Only 16 people were able to comment on recent changes in base prices and almost two-thirds (63%) of those stated that the price of base had remained stable (9% of the entire sample) (Table 11). Ice The reported median price of a point purchase of crystal methamphetamine increased to $65 this year after remaining at $50 for the last two years (Table 10). However, the median price of a halfweight of crystal decreased to the lowest price ever this year ($150) and a gram was at its lowest price since 2001 ($250). One-fifth of the sample commented on recent changes in crystal prices. Half (52%) of those able to comment stated that the price of crystal had remained stable (10% of the entire sample), and a quarter (24%, 5% of entire sample) didnt know about recent crystal price changes (Table 11). Table 11: Methamphetamine price movements in the last 6 months, IDU 2005 (%) Speed Base Crystal Did not respond 35 85 80 Did respond 65 15 20 Of those that responded (n=70) (n=16) (n=21) Dont know 7 (5% of entire sample) 6 (1% of entire sample) 24 (5% of entire sample) Increasing 20 (13% of entire sample) 19 (3% of entire sample) 19 (4% of entire sample) Stable 63 (41% of entire sample) 63 (9% of entire sample) 52 (10% of entire sample) Decreasing 1 (1% of entire sample) 6 (1% of entire sample) 0 (0% of entire sample) Fluctuating 7 (6% of entire sample) 6 (1% of entire sample) 5 (1% of entire sample) Source: IDRS IDU interviews 5.2 Availability Most of those who have been able to comment on the current availability of speed since 2003 have rated its accessibility as easy to very easy to obtain. This year 51% of the 70 respondents thought speed was easy and 14% thought it was very easy to get (Figure 7). It also appears that there are decreasing proportions who find speed easy to score and increasing proportions who find it difficult.
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