Crystal Meth in Indonesia

in Substance Abuse

Around one-third of drug users in Indonesia, or 1.2 million people,  are addicted to crystal meth. One-fifth of drug users, or 950,000 people, are addicted to ecstasy.

Around 60 percent of the crystal meth and ecstasy consumed in Indonesia is locally produced, and around 60 percent of its users are under the age of 30.

Many of the meth and ecstasy production factories are located in West Jakarta, with the operators of the factories having ethic Chinese ties.

Security officials in the country seized 1,161 kilograms of crystal meth in 2011, an increase of 79 percent from the 649 kilograms seized in 2010.

62 percent of all drug arrests in 2011 involved crystal meth, compared to 53 percent in 2010 and 38 percent in 2009.

77 percent of all women who were arrested for drug crimes in 2011 involved crystal meth.

(See all facts about methamphetamine here.)

Source:  Straits Times, “Indonesia’s Drug Spread ‘Alarming’,” Jakarta Globe, February 22, 2013.

Source:  “Crystalline methamphetamine now Indonesia’s “primary illicit drugs threat”, UNODC says,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, February 20, 2013.

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