World survey reveals cocaine is the most expensive in New Zealand

World survey reveals cocaine is the most expensive in New Zealand and the cheapest in Colombia

  • Users pay on average £70 for a gram of cocaine, according to global survey
  • New Zealand sits at the top of the list with the world’s most expensive coke
  • Colombia unsurprisingly the cheapest at less than a tenth of the average
  • More users could get cocaine home delivered in 30 minutes than a pizza 
  • Prices for LSD and MDMA were far lower with the party pill more popular

Cocaine costs an average of £70 a gram – but users in the most expensive countries are paying more than double.

The Global Drug Survey 2018 revealed New Zealand and Australia had by far the priciest powder at £186.60 and £172.02 a gram respectively.

This was far higher than England at £72.84, the U.S. at £48.76. Unsurprisingly the cheapest was in top producer nation Colombia at just £4.76.

Cocaine costs an average of £70 a gram – but users in the most expensive countries are paying more than double 

The strict border patrols, and the high cost of importing the drug into Australia, and New Zealand are thought to be the main drivers of the price. 

But despite its high price, many users said they could get hold of it via home delivery faster than a pizza, with 30.3 per cent grabbing it within 30 minutes compared half that for pizzas.

Cementing its status as the world’s most expensive drug, cocaine required far more disposable income than others the survey recorded prices for.

New Zealand was again the most expensive for MDMA, coming in at £18 a pill, followed by Norway on $16 and Australia at £15.50 – well above the £8.46 average.

American users paid £11 each and Scotland came in at about £10.5, with the cheapest country being the Netherlands for just £4.60.

LSB tabs cost about £7.20 each with Australia the most expensive on £10.33, Finland second at £9.90, Britain at £6.83, the U.S. at £5.84, and Netherlands at about £5.

The Global Drug Survey 2018 revealed New Zealand and Australia had by far the priciest powder at £186.60 and £172.02 a gram respectively 

The strict border patrols, and the high cost of importing the drug into Australia, and New Zealand are thought to be the main drivers of the price 

Survey respondents tried most drugs for the first time aged about 18 with marijuana by far the most popular drug with 57.6 per cent having tried it.

MDMA was the next most popular at 30.5 per cent, cocaine at 25.4 per cent, LSD on 19.7 and meth at 6.6 per cent.

About 46 per cent of marijuana users smoked it in the past year compared with 21.7 per cent for MDMA, 13.6 for cocaine, 11.1 for LSD and three per cent for meth.

Harder drugs were used on between 7.5 days a year for LSD and 10.5 days for cocaine.

The average time for same day delivery of cocaine for Denmark, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Scotland and the US

The average delivery time for pizza and cocaine shows how a greater proportion of people get the latter within half an hour

Users were most likely to end up in hospital for smoking too much meth, with 2.5 per cent of users saying it had happened, well ahead of alcohol on 1.3 per cent.

Outliers included 8.9 per cent of Brazilians saying cocaine landing them in emergency, with Scotland in fourth with that drug at 2.2 per cent.

Scots were also almost twice as likely to need treatment for alcohol poisoning than any other country with 4.2 per cent admitted in the past year. 

The 2018 survey was compiled from 130,000 people from more than 40 countries. 

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