How many amphetamine-type stimulants are trafficked each year in Australia?
In 2016-17 there were 2,905 amphetamine-type stimulant† border detections in Australia. This amounted to a total weight of 1,834 kilograms. In addition, over 1,584 kilograms of amphetamine-type stimulant precursors were detected at the Australian border in 2016-17.
Source: Australian Crime Commission (2018). Illicit Drug Data Report 2016-17.
† For the purposes of this FAQ, amphetamine-type stimulants include amphetamine and methylamphetamine.
Precursors: Considered to be the starting materials for illicit drug manufacture. As a result of chemical reactions, the precursor’s molecular structure is modified to produce a specific illicit drug. For example, precursors such as ephedrine and pseudoephedrine can be converted into methylamphetamine.