Average price of amphetamine in the Netherlands 2008-2017

The average price of amphetamine in the Netherlands was relatively stable in the last decade, peaking in 2012 at nine euros per gram. In 2008, a gram was sold for six euros on average. In 2017, the average price was seven euros – the same price it had been during the previous three years. Amphetamine is a relatively cheap drug. In 2017, a gram of cocaine sold for roughly seven times as much.

 Amphetamine use on the rise

  According to a survey conducted since 1997, the use of amphetamine more than doubled in the last 20 years. Where in 1997, 2.2 percent of respondents stated to have ever used amphetamine, by 2017 this had grown to 4.5 percent. The share of regular users, defined by the source as respondents who have used amphetamine in the last month, increased fivefold in this period, from 0.1 to 0.5 percent.

Amphetamine most popular among the young

Amphetamine was most popular among the younger generation. Of the 20-24 year olds, over ten percent had experience using the drug. Among the 25-29 year olds this was even higher, at 12.2 percent. By comparison, of the respondents older than 65, only 0.4 percent had ever tried amphetamine. Regular amphetamine use was highest among the 20-24 years old. In this age group, close to three percent had used the drug in the past month.

Average price per gram of amphetamine in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2017 (in euros)*

Average price per gram in euros
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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

Netherlands

Survey time period

2008 to 2017

Number of respondents

588*

Special properties

amphetamine samples

Supplementary notes

Prices are consumer level prices.

* N (2008) = 843, N (2009) = 973, N (2010) = 969, N (2011) = 843, N (2012) = 650, N (2013) = 1,077, N (2014) = 904, N (2015 and 2016) = 929, N (2017) = 588. The source adds that a new reporting method in 2013 decreased the no response figures.

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