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and speed. And coke is expensive compared to
the other drugs.”
While ecstasy is around $35 a tablet, cocaine
costs between is $250 and $400 a gram. The
typical using amount is around 0.5g.
“An eight ball is $800 to $1500, though you
would only pay that upper amount if you were an
idiot or absolutely desperate,” Andrew says. (An
eight ball is an eighth of an ounce, it is supposed
to be 3.54 grams). Mike says an eight-ball will get
up to five people a great night out.
They agree that the quality of drug is not high
in Perth. Police figures show cocaine purity can
fluctuate between three and 68 per cent.
“We would only do it if we were planning
to have a big night and wanted to make it extra
fun,” says Kathy. “And it’s usually with three to
five other people. It takes a bit to kick in... maybe
20 minutes, then you just feel g ood, happy, chatty.
It doesn’t last too long... perhaps 30 minutes to
45 minutes then you need another line for people
who want to feel g ood constantly.
“I would probably have three lines over five
hours and that is enough to have a great night
and feel really good.”
She says girls and guys of all ages take it.
“I see young people like 18, 19, 20 doing it
and have seen people in their 40s doing it. I
think people with lots of spare cash, not many
things to look after other than themselves
and who are youngish are the people in the scene.
“They usually work in a ‘scene’ like bars,
clubs, the fashion pack, musos. I know some
people from those sorts of scenes and they do it
regularly. It’s because they can afford it, or there
is lots of free stuff g oing around and everyone is
doing it... so why not?”
And she says it is not that hard to get hold
of. “You could just ask around your group of
friends and I’m sure someone would know
someone else who could help get you in contact
with the right person.”
But Mike says he is very careful to supply
drugs only to people he knows. “It’s not a
lifestyle, it’s not a big business making money, it
helps out a bit but it’s not like I’m setting up a big
cartel, that’d just be stupid, right?”
A mild-mannered, thoughtful person, Mike
has a fair bit of the philosopher about him and
he has given his drug use a lot of consideration.
He is passionate about music and for him,
cocaine gives him a certain freedom of mind
he has come to cherish.
He describes coke’s effect as a mild
confidence booster, without the overpowering,
sometimes overwhelming effect of other drugs.
“Music for me is the real drug and cocaine
will help to sustain that and complement the
experience with music,” he explains. “And I
have these great conversations that I do
remember in the morning. It’s a social thing,
with friends, it’s good harmless fun. You’re
very controlled under it, you don’t see people
behaving unsociably on it.”
Most of us would not even necessarily know
when someone else had used cocaine.
"I'd probably have three lines over
five hours and that is enough to have
a great night and feel really good"
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