The ice epidemic in Australia is making a turn for the worse as the price of ice in Sydney falls, say Emma Partridge and Eamonn Duff in a report for the Brisbane Times.
According to police sources, ice is now being sold for as little as $6000 an ounce in regional areas, a major drop from the price of ice three years ago, when it was pegged at $10,000 and $14,000 an ounce. In towns like Newcastle, a single ‘point’ hit of ice now sells for as little as $40.
The drop in the price of ice is being blamed on the influx of chemical ingredients from China that are entering Australia legally. Ice is primarily made of pseudoephedrine, iodine and hypophosphorous acid.
Police also points to the rise of “backyard” labs and opportunists using internet recipes as another reason for the plunge in the price of ice.
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