Australia's ice epidemic could explode as prices fall

A haul of ice seized during a police raid in Stanthorpe in Queensland
A haul of ice seized during a police raid in Stanthorpe in Queensland

AUSTRALIA'S battle against the scourge of ice, or crystal meth, is set to become more pronounced as key crime authorities warn dealers will soon start charging much less.

Australian Crime Commission chief executive Chris Dawson has told News Limited that the high price paid in Australia for the drug cannot last.

A gram of ice in China currently fetches $80, compared to $500 in Australia, which would be considered cheap.

"Globally, per capita, we're paying a very high price for crystal meth," Mr Dawson said.

"We are right up there in the western world. I suspect it's going to come down."

Mr Dawson said crystal meth was "by far the most harmful drug on the market at the moment".

More than 200,000 Australians are thought to use ice, though this is likely a conservative estimate according to the ACC.


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