Meth is becoming easier to get

Methamphetamine has become cheaper and much easier to get in recent years, while cannabis is harder to come by, the latest findings from Massey University's Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) show.

"The big change in the past two to three years has been the massive increase in the supply of methamphetamine, largely imported methamphetamine," lead researcher associate professor Dr Chris Wilkins said.

"That means the availability in some places is very high, and the price has gone down a little bit."

The IDMS study, which is carried out by researchers from Massey University, was published on Thursday. It provides an annual snapshot of trends in illegal drug use and drug markets in New Zealand.

It comes as an Auckland high school has been forced to defend its decision to hand out an information booklet to students outlining the best use of methamphetamine.

Massey High School's year 13 health class were given a booklet providing advice such as how to take care of a meth-smoking pipe and to never be caught with more than 5 grams of meth – the threshold to be classified a dealer. 

Researchers have also carried out an online survey since the IDMS data was collected.  People taking part in the online survey were saying that in some smaller towns methamphetamine was more available than cannabis, Wilkins said.

Methamphetamine was still probably only used among a small part of the overall population, but in some places where it was very available it was increasingly becoming part of the norm of drug use.

As meth becomes cheaper and more widely available, so the need for property owners to know if it is being used under your roof grows.
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This article was first published on the Stuff website