Australia holds the notoriety of having the second most expensive cocaine in the entire world.
According to the most recent Global Drug Survey, it was uncovered that on average, Australians paid
$309.94 for a gram of cocaine. The only country that was found to have more expensive cocaine was New Zealand, where users had to pony up $336.14 per gram.
The cheapest country was Colombia, where users paid a mere $8.57 per gram of cocaine.
The primary reasons for the high cost of the drug in both Australia and New Zealand were tough border patrols and the high expense of importing cocaine into the two aforementioned nations.
Cocaine is also listed as being the most expensive most widely used drug in the world.
“Prices vary widely across the world from less than €10 per gram ($15.88) in South America, to an average of €60-80 per gram in Europe to €200 per gram in Australian and New Zealand,” the report indicated.
“In recent years, the purity of cocaine in Europe has increased, with 60 to 70 per cent purity commonly seen in street level deals.”
The report also stressed that the increase of purity came at the cost of the user’s health.
“High purity cocaine can lead to an increase in the risk of acute medical harms and possibly higher rates of dependence in the community,” the report explained. “Increased purity is in part due to greater amount of cocaine entering the supply chain, consequent upon diversification and sophistication of dealing networks, including the dark net.”
The survey also asked users just how quickly they could gain access to cocaine, with 13.04% of the respondents saying they could get the drug in just 30 minutes, while 53.9% of respondents answered having access to same-day delivery.
Released every year, the Global Drug Survey is done by an independent research firm that is based in London who gather data from over 20 countries and 10 different languages.
Over the last five years, over half a million people have taken the survey. The 2018 edition was compiled from 130,000 people from over 40 countries.
In Australia, 2,549 people answered the survey.