NSW, Victoria Highest Users Of Cocaine And Heroin: Report
NSW consumes more than one tonne of cocaine a year while Victorians consume an estimated two tonnes of methylamphetamine over the same period, a new report found.
Victorians also consumed an average of 300 kilograms of heroin and more than 682 kilograms of cocaine and 326 kilograms of MDMA.
People in NSW consume slightly higher amounts of methylamphetamine and MDMA than those in Victoria and more than double the amount of cocaine.
In fact across the country NSW had the highest average regional consumption of fentanyl, MDMA and its sister drug MDA.
“On a national level, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances and methylamphetamine continues to be the most consumed illicit drug tested,” Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission CEO Michael Phelan said on Tuesday.
The frightening results come as the ACIC released its fifth national report into its Wastewater Drug Monitoring program which found methylamphetamine remained the highest consumed illicit drug monitored by the program.
The findings also revealed the Northern Territory reported the highest level of nicotine and alcohol consumption across both capital city and regional sites nationally, while regional Western Australia recorded the highest average consumption of methylamphetamine and positively South Australia reported marked decreases in its meth consumption.
Alarmingly the report also found that Australia ranks second highest for total estimated stimulant consumption globally when assessing MDMA, cocaine, amphetamine and methylamphetamine use.
Australia came second only to the United States out of a study of 23 countries with comparable data.
“Transnational serious and organised crime groups profit from importing, trafficking, manufacturing and selling drugs,” Phelan said of the national statistic.
“Wastewater analysis provides a measure of the demand for a range of drugs. This allows governments to effectively direct resources to priority areas and monitor the progress of demand and supply reduction strategies.”
One of the most concerning trends was the increase in both licit and illicit use of fentanyl on average nationally and particularly in regional areas, peaking at the highest levels recorded since the program began.
Queensland recorded average consumption increased in both its capital city and regional sites, as well as also reporting the second highest average regional consumption of cocaine nationally.
The ACIC said increased consumption of fentanyl was concerning because its high potency greatly increases the risk of overdose.
The sample from April this year covered almost 55 percent of the Australian population and compiled data from 47 wastewater treatment plants, covering 12 substances.
ACIC said future reports will also test for cannabis.
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