Sydneysiders use more cocaine than residents of other Australian cities, while Melbourne residents led the country in the use of the three main drugs, and Darwin had the most drinkers and smokers.
New report from the Australian Criminal In April and June 2022, the Intelligence Commission analyzed wastewater at 57 sites for traces of 12 legal and illegal drugs.
The findings, which the commission said affected 14.1 million Australians, revealed which cities are the biggest users of various legal and illegal drugs.
Sydney residents use more cocaine than residents of other Australian cities, analysis of wastewater from 57 sites across Australia has revealed
People from Darwin ranked first for consumption of alcohol and cigarettes
People from Darwin ranked first for consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.
They consumed an average of just under 2.5 standard drinks a day, about double the national capital average, and about 3.5 cigarettes a day.
The only type of illicit drug use that increased across Australia – in capital cities and regional areas – was methamphetamine (ice).
In July, it was reported that Australians are the most active users of methamphetamine in the world, compared to residents of 24 other countries.
Australia recorded the highest level of illicit drug use per capita of any other country in Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Heroin use has increased in regional areas of Australia, but has been stable in urban areas.
The use of all other drugs – including cocaine, fentanyl, cannabis MDMA/MDA and ketamine – all declined across the country – most likely due to supply issues, ACIC suggests.
State-by-state data confirmed Sydney’s reputation as Australia’s cocaine capital.
ACIC CEO Michael Phelan APM said serious and organized crime groups continued to profit from the drug business (pictured NSW police make arrests after investigating illicit drug supply through Central Coast and Hunter)
Queenslanders love MDMA or Ecstasy
Sydneysiders consumed about 700 mg per 1,000 people per day, well above the national average for capital cities.
Brisbane ranked first for MDMA and MDA use, while regional Queensland ranked first in the country for oxycodone use.
Oxycodone is an opioid that is often sold by prescription under brand names including Oxynorm, OxyContin, Endone, Proladone, or Targin.
Based on the report, many residents of Melbourne and Tasmania have much higher levels of drug use than residents of other cities.
Melbourne residents lead the country in the use of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine, and are second in use of cocaine.
Their meth use was about 1,500 mg per 1,000 people per day in April – so about 1.5 mg each, well above the national average.
Their heroin consumption is about 270 mg per 1,000 people per day, well above the national average of about 140 mg.
Melbourne residents lead the country in the use of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine and are second in the use of cocaine
Tasmania’s capital city leads the way in consumption of oxycodone, fentanyl and cannabis and ranks second in consumption of alcohol, nicotine and ketamine
Hobart residents apparently have even more addicts.
The Tasmanian capital leads the consumption of oxycodone, fentanyl and cannabis, and ranks second in the consumption of alcohol, nicotine and ketamine.
Their average daily cannabis use was just over 40,000 mg of THC per day per 1,000 people – so about 40 mg per person.
The national average is about 16,000, or 16 mg each.
THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
ACIC Director General Michael Phelan APM said serious and organized crime groups continue to profit from drugs that harm the Australian community.
ACIC said the money spent on medicines should be spent in much more useful ways.
“We know that illicit drug activity is a significant burden on the Australian economy and that money could be better spent on education, health and more,” Mr Phelan said.
“Understanding drug use at the population level supports effective resource allocation and informs appropriate demand, supply and harm reduction strategies. This is vital to the fight against drug use in Australia.”
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