This report presents the findings of research on the socio-economic impact of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS) in New Zealand. ATS are a group of synthetic illicit drug types which include methamphetamine, ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine (known as ‘ice’). The work presented draws on a number of innovative research approaches and methodologies, many of which were tried for the first time in New Zealand during the project.
The central aim of the research was to inform the policy response, best practice and strategic planning by New Zealand Police and other relevant government agencies with regard to the recent rise in the use and manufacture of ATS drugs. However because many agencies other than the Police deal with drug problems, the findings reported here have relevance for any organisations responding to ATS problems.