Australians among world's biggest methylamphetamine users: report

2021-10-28 03:35:26 GMT2021-10-28 11:35:26(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

CANBERRA, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Australians are among the biggest users of methylamphetamine in the world, a report has found.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) on Thursday published the 14th report from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, which measures drug use by analyzing sewage.

It found that consumption of methylamphetamine - also known as ice - in Australia ranked second among 24 Sewage Core Group Europe (SCORE) countries.

Australia ranked 7th for cannabis and MDMA (Ecstacy/Molly) use and 16th for cocaine consumption, which fell significantly amid coronavirus restrictions.

Use of heroin continued to decline and consumption of prescription opioids fentanyl and oxycodone decreased to the lowest level on record.

Michael Phelan, the chief executive of ACIC, said wastewater monitoring provided key insights on areas of high drug use.

"The results confirm the strong preference in world terms by Australian illicit drug users for illicit stimulants, (in particular methylamphetamine, MDMA and cocaine) and the domination of our domestic stimulant market by methylamphetamine," he said in a statement.

"Much of the harm that Australians suffer at the hands of organized crime is due to illicit drugs," he said. "Serious and organized crime groups profit from the importation, manufacture, trafficking and sale of drugs that cause harm to the community."

Wastewater samples were collected in April 2021 from areas that covered 56 percent of Australia's population. Enditem