Meth wastewater results high in regional WA, new data shows

Regional Western Australia has some of the highest methylamphetamine levels across the country, according to the most recent wastewater statistics released this morning.

The results from October 2018 were released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission on Monday.

The findings also show Western Australia had the second highest average capital city consumption of methylamphetamine, MDA and cannabis nationally.

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission chief executive officer Michael Phelan said the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program provides insight into the trends of drug consumption across Australia.

"The Australian community continues to consume illicit drugs at concerning levels and the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program is providing an important, unified and consistent guiding tool for developing holistic drug responses," he said.

"We are only now starting to realise the full benefits of the ongoing program."

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found the December 2018 results in Western Australia compared to August 2018 show:

  • Average nicotine consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites.
  • Average alcohol consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites.
  • Average methylamphetamine consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased regional sites.
  • Average cocaine consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites.
  • Average MDMA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites.
  • Average MDA consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites.
  • Average oxycodone consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites.
  • Average fentanyl consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites.
  • Average heroin consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites.
  • Average cannabis consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites.

Earlier this year, the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program received an additional $4.8 million to fund a further four years of the program.

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