Title

COVID-19 pandemic constricts methamphetamine supply in Perth

Document Type

Other

Publication Title

Australian Institute of Criminology: Statistic Bulletin

Issue

29

Publisher

Australian Institute of Criminology

School

School of Arts and Humanities / School of Science

RAS ID

32257

Comments

Voce, A., Finney, J., Gately, N., & Sullivan, T. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic constricts methamphetamine supply in Perth [Statistic bulletin]. Australian Institute of Criminology: Statistic Bulletin, 29. https://apo.org.au/node/308052

Abstract

This study examines the methamphetamine market and prevalence of methamphetamine use in Perth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program indicate that 38 percent (n=55) of Perth police detainees interviewed between April and June 2020 reported recent methamphetamine use—a significantly lower rate than in January–February 2020. Detainees who used methamphetamine did so on a median of five days in the past month—significantly less often than in previous years (median=15) and in January–February 2020 (median=16).Detainees also reported a threefold increase in the price of methamphetamine (from $30 to $100 per point), and significant declines in methamphetamine availability and quality.

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