According to a wastewater investigation, Australia has the highest rate of methylamphetamine use among more than 20 nations.
In comparison to countries in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, Australia had the greatest per capita use of methylamphetamine in December 2021, according to the most recent report from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
Methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA consumption in Australian capital cities surpassed that in rural areas for the first time since 2017.
While regional New South Wales has the highest meth use among rural Australia, Perth is becoming the country’s meth capital.
The use of illicit stimulants is beginning to rise following the epidemic, though not yet to the extent seen before COVID-19.
Between December 2021 and February of this year, samples were collected all around Australia for the nationwide wastewater drug monitoring.
According to ACIC Chief Executive Officer Michael Phelan, most Australian states eased or eliminated COVID-19 limitations during this time.
“Organised crime organisations have increased their efforts to supply the major illicit drug markets as COVID-19 lockdown eased, producing significant illicit cash,” Mr. Phelan said.
However, they still encounter difficulties, including those from law enforcement authorities.
“Regular and nearly real-time wastewater reporting helps the ACIC and our partners to quickly identify and address growing drug concerns, as well as track the results of those efforts.”