Methamphetamine in French Polynesia



Drugs, International Challenges n° 15, OFDT, 12 p.
June 2022

In French Polynesia, a major concern has arisen in recent years about the use of methamphetamine, imported from the United States in the form of crystals, known as “ice”.

Based on a field survey conducted between 2019 and 2021, this issue explains how this drug has established itself in the Polynesian market despite its very high price, and how this social problem has - belatedly - become a public problem. This contribution shows that while the extent of addiction problems in French Polynesia is largely due to social causes, linked to the high level of inequality and the weakness of the welfare state, these issues are rarely addressed in public forums and rarely taken into account in public policies.

Authors: Alice Simon and Alice Valiergue

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