Ice still most used illegal drug, latest wastewater report finds


Ice remains the country’s most used illicit drug, especially in regional areas, according to the most recent figures from the national wastewater drug monitoring program.

However, the use of the “licit” drugs oxycodone and fentanyl had fallen in the most recent figures, credited to federal efforts to reduce its misuse. The program found the levels of methylamphetamine in wastewater showed ice use was still prevalent across the country, with regional areas showing far greater use than capital cities.

The Northern Territory saw the highest level of capital-city use of ice, while Victoria had the highest level of regional use.

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