New report from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has today published its 11th report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The eleventh report covers around 56 per cent of the population, which equates to about 13 million people. Fifty-five wastewater treatment plants across Australia participated in the April 2020 collection, which monitored the consumption of 13 substances. In June 2020, when only capital city sites were sampled, there were 20 sites covering approximately 48 per cent of the population.

In summary:

  • Of the drugs measured with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the most consumed, with methylamphetamine the most consumed illicit drug
  • Regional nicotine, alcohol, methylamphetamine, MDMA, MDA, oxycodone, fentanyl and cannabis average consumption exceeded capital city consumption.
  • Capital city cocaine and heroin average consumption exceeded regional consumption.

Read the full report here

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