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Drug use on the rise in regional Victoria

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April 13, 2018

Methylamphetamine consumption has increased in regional Victoria, according to the latest data released last week.

Methylamphetamine consumption has increased in regional Victoria, according to the latest data released last week.

Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor launched the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program’s report on Thursday alongside Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission chief executive officer Michael Phelan in Mandurah, Western Australia.

‘‘It is highly concerning to see methylamphetamine consumption on the rise in regional sites in Victoria,’’ Mr Phelan said.

‘‘This destructive drug is having a terrible impact not only on users, but on families, first responders, health practitioners and the community more broadly.

‘‘The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program provides a clear picture of changing trends in the consumption of methylamphetamine and 11 other drugs across Australia. Armed with this information, government, health and law enforcement agencies can better target policy and operational responses and reduce the impact of drugs in our society.’’

Mr Phelan said the program was world-leading based on the number of substances tested, the frequency of testing, its breadth, depth and geographic scope and the longitudinal data it was generating.

Of the substances tested in Victoria in December, the program found:

●nicotine and alcohol remained the highest consumed substances;

●average methylamphetamine consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites;

●average cocaine consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites.

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