How many amphetamine-type stimulants are trafficked each year in Australia?
In 2017-18 there were 2,451 amphetamine-type stimulant† border detections in Australia. This amounted to a total weight of 2,952 kilograms (the second highest on record). In addition, a record 4,912 kilograms of amphetamine-type stimulant precursors were detected at the Australian border in 2017-18.
Source: Australian Crime Commission (2019). Illicit Drug Data Report 2017-18.
† For the purposes of this FAQ, amphetamine-type stimulants include amphetamine, methylamphetamine, and phenethylamines.
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.