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

In 2017-18, there were 44,887 arrests related to amphetamine-type stimulants in Australia. Of these, 90% were consumer arrests and 10% were provider arrests.

Source: Australian Crime Commission (2019). Illicit Drug Data Report 2017-18.

†For the purposes of this FAQ, amphetamine-type stimulants include amphetamine, methylamphetamine, phenethylamines, and 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.