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The market for crystalline methamphetamine in Sydney, Australia

McKetin, Rebecca; McLaren, Jennifer; Kelly, Erin; Chalmers, Jennifer

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The market for domestically produced methamphetamine in Australia (sold as 'speed' and 'base') has been recently supplemented with imported crystalline methamphetamine ('ice' or 'crystal'), the supply of which is thought to involve different organized crime groups than those involved with domestic supply. The existence, or otherwise, of distinct retail markets for these different forms of methamphetamine has important implications for police and public health strategies. The aim of this study...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcKetin, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorMcLaren, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Erin
dc.contributor.authorChalmers, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:45:59Z
dc.identifier.issn1744-0572
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/80057
dc.description.abstractThe market for domestically produced methamphetamine in Australia (sold as 'speed' and 'base') has been recently supplemented with imported crystalline methamphetamine ('ice' or 'crystal'), the supply of which is thought to involve different organized crime groups than those involved with domestic supply. The existence, or otherwise, of distinct retail markets for these different forms of methamphetamine has important implications for police and public health strategies. The aim of this study was to examine whether there was evidence of distinct retail markets for crystalline methamphetamine and domestically produced forms of the drug. A cross-sectional survey of regular methamphetamine users (n = 309) was undertaken in Sydney, Australia to assess the characteristics of the retail market (consumption, price, perceived purity, availability, purchase location and sale from dealers) for crystalline methamphetamine compared with domestically produced forms of the drug (i.e. speed and base). We did not find any clear evidence of a segregated retail market for crystalline methamphetamine. Only 3% of participants were exclusive crystalline methamphetamine users, and both crystalline methamphetamine and other domestically produced forms of the drug were readily available to consumers, being typically purchased from the same dealers, in the same location and at the same price.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceGlobal Crime
dc.subjectKeywords: Dealing; Markets; Methamphetamine; Retail; Street drugs; Substance abuse
dc.titleThe market for crystalline methamphetamine in Sydney, Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume10
dc.date.issued2009
local.identifier.absfor111700 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES
local.identifier.absfor160200 - CRIMINOLOGY
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB8395
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcKetin, Rebecca, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcLaren, Jennifer, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationKelly, Erin, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationChalmers, Jennifer, University of New South Wales
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1-2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage113
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage123
local.identifier.doi10.1080/17440570902783905
local.identifier.absseo920414 - Substance Abuse
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:41:42Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-68149182819
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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