REGIONAL towns continue to be scourged by drugs as the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) revealed methylamphetamine consumption has increased in regional areas.
The fourth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program which was released this month shows an increase in the use of the drug in regional Victoria.
“It is highly concerning … this destructive drug is having a terrible impact not only on users, but on families, first responders, health practitioners and the community more broadly,” Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission chief executive Michael Phelan said.
“Armed with this information, government, health and law enforcement agencies are now much better able to target policy and operational responses and reduce the impact of drugs in our society,” he said.
The monitoring program found that of the substances tested in December 2017 in Victoria:
■Nicotine and alcohol remain 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.
■Victoria had the highest average regional consumption of oxycodone in the country.