How many amphetamine-type stimulant arrests are made each year in Australia?

In 2016-17, there were a record 47,531 arrests related to amphetamine-type stimulants in Australia. Of these, 86% were consumer arrests and 14% were provider arrests.

Source: Australian Crime Commission (2018). Illicit Drug Data Report 2016-17.

†For the purposes of this FAQ, amphetamine-type stimulants include amphetamine, methylamphetamine, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).

Consumer Arrests: The Australian Crime Commission differentiates between people who have been apprehended for trading in, as opposed to using, illicit drugs. Those charged with user-type offences (possessing or administering drugs for their own use) are classified as consumers.

Provider Arrests: The Australian Crime Commission differentiates between people who have been apprehended for trading in, as opposed to using, illicit drugs. Those charged with supply-type offences (importation, trafficking, selling, cultivation and manufacture) are classified as providers.