The Weekly knew exactly where it could be purchased. For young people, it often works out cheaper than a night’s worth of drinks from a bar or club. The price for enough ice for a pipe to keep a user high for a night is around $100 (although this varies, with the highest prices seen in the Northern Territory). It also provides a surge in confidence at a time when many are grappling with stress, anxiety and finding their way in the world. Unlike cocaine and heroin, which rely on overseas crops, much of the ice used in Australia is manufactured locally in clandestine laboratories and the ingredients can be bought easily at hardware stores and pharmacies.
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