Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, welcomed the release of the first National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report which will change the way our nation fights the scourge of ice.
The Coalition Government provided the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) with a $3.6 million boost to detect ice hotspots, and collect data on drugs being used within our communities, following a recommendation by the National Ice Taskforce.
The analysis tested for methamphetamine, or ice, and 12 other illicit and licit substances including cocaine, MDMA, tobacco and alcohol at 51 sites across the country.
Mr Porter said crimes relating to ice continue to be a concern for local police in Pearce, with strong links between those who commit drug offences and those committing other violent crimes.
“Drugs such as ice and the consequences of drug abuse affect not only the individual but the whole community,” Mr Porter said.
“Ice is destroying lives – this insidious drug does not discriminate, and putting a stop to it requires a whole community response.
“The report provides new data that will enable law enforcement agencies to pinpoint targets so they can flush out the criminals responsible for this devastating trade and protect the communities that they are targeting.”
The Coalition Government is investing almost $300 million to support actions resulting from the National Ice Action Strategy to improve treatment, after care, education, prevention and community engagement. The supply of ice is also being tackled through increased international cooperation, enhanced intelligence sharing, better controls of precursor chemicals and greater efforts to prevent ice reaching our regional and remote communities.
Methamphetamine, or ice, consumption in Western Australia and South Australia was higher than the national average, in both the capital cities and regional areas. High levels were also recorded in regional sites in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.
Cocaine use was the highest in New South Wales, almost double the second highest jurisdiction, the Northern Territory, in terms of doses consumed per day. The ACT recorded the third highest use.
There is a high use of prescription medications fentanyl and oxycodone across all jurisdictions, particularly in regional Queensland, suggesting a potential diversion into the illicit market.