Street prices of cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine at an all-time low

By Benzhead · Sep 11, 2006 · ·
  1. Benzhead
    (The use of 'all-time' appears to be for shock value, as the earliest dataset given is from the year 2000. Freakin' media. Geesh! Tell SWIM cannabis prices are at 'all-time' lows..sure.)

    Street prices of cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine at an all-time low
    By Jonathan Owen

    Published: 10 September 2006

    The price of cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis and other drugs is at an all-time low, clearly indicating that efforts to stem the spread of illegal drugs on Britain's streets are failing.

    The data, based on a survey of more than 2,300 people last year, shows that cannabis resin sold for an average of £43 per ounce, down from 2004's figure of £45 - and a big drop from the 1994 average price of £120 per ounce. Even at this low price, the profit margin for the dealer remains high, at 169 per cent.

    The annual survey of drug prices, to be released by the charity Drugscope this week, shows how prices remain low.

    Cocaine, sold for around £44 a gram, is one of the less profitable drugs, with a profit margin of around 95 per cent.

    Britain's continuing "pill-popping" culture, particularly in its clubs, is indicated by the falling price of an ecstasy tablet, which is usually bought for less than £3.

    Amphetamines are also down in price, and cost an average of £9 a gram - yielding a 237 per cent profit margin.

    Heroin was one drug that went up in price - from £38 a gram in 2004 to £58 a gram last year. Its profit margin more than doubled, to 152 per cent.

    Illustrating the economies of scale underpinning the demand for drugs, dealers selling ecstasy tablets for less than £3 were still able to pocket £1.50 a pill.

    There are a number of factors involved in what is rapidly becoming a "buyer's market", according to drugs counsellors. The decreasing purity of some drugs is one reason for the fall in prices, as dealers import drugs and then adulterate them with other, cheaper chemicals in an attempt to hang on to their profit margins.

    Another more fundamental reason for the steady drop in prices is that traffickers are flooding Britain with illegal drugs, because demand has increased.

    Home Office research shows that one person in 20 aged between 16 and 24 has used cocaine or crack.

    CUT-PRICE HIGHS: How drug prices have fallen since 2000:

    HEROIN: dropped from £70 a gram to £58
    COCAINE: down from £65 a gram to £44
    ECSTASY: fallen from £9 to less than £3 a pill

    According to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), Britain is one of the world's most profitable narcotics markets for gangsters, despite a long-running "war on drugs".

    Soca aims to stem the flow of heroin from Afghanistan and cocaine from Colombia. It estimates that up to 35 tons of heroin are brought into the UK each year.

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  1. screwed99
    How can these statistics mean as much without stating the average strength/potency/purity of the drugs now compared to before.

    SWIM found this on, which for some reason doesn't paint exactly the same picture as the media may of wanted for the shock factor but is still helpful in SWIM's opinion and brings some good news. SWIM apologises for prices being in euros which he doesn't really understand as it's clearly an english website but changes are still obvious in proportion.

    5.3 Price/purity
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]5.3 (a) Distinguish trends at retail (street) level and trafficking level if possible[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Price
    Information on the average price of drugs is provided by the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) who collect data from police test purchase operations. The average price of heroin in 2001 was 104 euros which is 6 euros cheaper than in 2000 and 2 euros more expensive than the average price in 1999. A gram of cocaine was 98 euros on average in 2001. This is 4 euros cheaper than in 2000. A rock of crack cost 31 euros on average in 2001 which is 5 euros cheaper than 2000 but the same as the unchanged price from 1996 to 1999. Cannabis (leaves and resin) cost 5 euros per gram on average in 2001 which is consistent with prices for 2000. The average price on an ecstasy tablet was 13 euros on average in 2001, which is slightly cheaper than 2000 and the unchanged price from 1996 to 1999 (17 euros). On an inflation-corrected basis all drug prices in the UK have continued to fall.
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Information on average prices can also be gained from the 2001 Independent Drug Monitoring Unit Drug Users Survey. According to this survey, the average price of heroin in 2001 was 85 euros, this is a decrease of nearly 10 euros from 2000 and 4 euros from 1999. A gram of cocaine was 72 euros on average in 2001, which is 6 euros cheaper than in 2000. The average price for cocaine between 1997 and 1999 fluctuated between 80 euros (1997) up to 82 euros (1998) and back to 80 euros in 1999. A rock of crack cost 30 euros on average in 2001. This is similar to figures from NCIS. However, data from previous years on crack are not consistent with data from NCIS with the average price being 32 euros in 2000, 37 euros in 1999. Cannabis resin cost 2 euros per gram in 2001 which is similar to the average price in 2000. The average cost of cannabis leaves in 2001 was 5 euros. This price however is based on 'skunk', a more potent and expensive form of cannabis. The price of 'skunk' has remained stable since 1997. The average price of an ecstasy tablet was 10 euros in 2001, 1 euro cheaper on average than 2000. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Purity
    Information on the average purity at street level of certain drugs is provided by the Forensic Science Service, which analyses seizures made by the police and customs. This information relates to the data provided in Standard Table 14 Purity at Street Level of Some Illegal Substances and Standard Table 15 Composition of Tablets Sold as Illicit Drugs.

    Brown heroin, on average, was 54.1% pure in 2001, which continues the increasing trend in purity of the last few years (in 2000 the average was 47%, in 1999, 43%, in 1998, 37% and in 1997, 35%).
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In 2001, cocaine was, on average, 57.7% pure. This is higher than in 2000, when it was on average 52% pure. In 1999, the average purity was 62%, in 1998, 54% and in 1997, 52%. The purity of crack in 2001 was 72.8%. This is an increase from 2000, when it was at its lowest for the last 5 years at 66% average purity. The average purity ranged from 80 - 84% between 1996 and 1999.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The average purity of amphetamine has also increased, from 5% in 2000 to 10% in 2001. Again, amphetamine had the lowest average purity over the last five years in 2000. Between 1997 and 1999 the average purity was between 14% and 16%. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In 2001, the average MDMA drug content of tablets was 75mg. This is close to values found in the period 1997 to 2000.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The average MDEA drug content of tablets in 2001 was 39mg, although the sample size consisted of only 3 tablets. The average MDA drug content of tablets was 37mg and the sample size consisted of 2 tablets. There are no data from previous years with which to compare this information.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The average amphetamine drug content in tablets in 2001 was 7mg compared to 10mg in 2000.[/FONT]
  2. Riconoen {UGC}
    swims moving to britian becuase coke is fucking expensive here, and weed is too at least in swims area. The only cheap thing here is crystal becuase its so plentiful but swim doesnt do that shit.
  3. matti_2003
    Bit of a drastic thing to do moving counties just for cheaper coke :)
  4. Nagognog2
    Call that drastic? I knew a woman who moved to the USA from Isreal and got married to an American. Reason: She wanted to drive her car further than she could in Isreal.

    note: She stole her new hubby's credit-card and disappeared - never to be heard from again.
  5. zera
    Didn't William Burroughs move to Morroco to be closer to the source of heroin? I guess though he was a pretty hardcore junky.
  6. enquirewithin
    He was a very hard-core junkie, but the real reason was a change in drug laws in the US. He also had a predeliction for young Arab boys.
  7. lazerwolf85
    Well thats pretty amazing considering what prices go for around here. There are constant shortages of everything here and X is always quite expensive. SWIM hasnt found a decent deal on X in a while and is also usually pretty crappy due to the lack of it around here. My answer? Figure out what the hell is so special about England and make it work around the world, hehe.
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