Increase in Use of Speed
International organised criminals that control heroin production have switched their major source of Australian income to the drug speed.
This business decision has brought about a herion drought in Australia and an increase in imported speed.
This decision by these criminals was based on market research that Australians are more prepared to pop a pill than inject themselves.
Supplies of illicit drugs into Australia are dynamic as the organised crime gangs have other countries particularly in Asia that they supply.
(Source:Australian Federal Police evidence to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Family & Community Affairs 16/8/02)
DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL COMMENTS-
Speed is a popular party drug in Australia.
Ingredients in speed are uncontrolled and contain a cocktail of chemicals with mind altering properties.
Speed induces paranoia, violent mood swings, panic attacks, restlessness, psychosis, delusions, hallucinations and uncontrolled violence.
Australians have a lower concern about speed because the harmful effects are not widely known.
Speed is a mind altering narcotic that can cause death, permanent disability or shortened lives.