The latest snapshot into our nation's drug use – attained by testing our sewage system – shows ice is still the most popular illicit drug in Australia, while cocaine use is on the rise in Victoria.
The results from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission are based on analysis of the inlets of 37 sewage treatment plants and reveal a slight drop in ice use over recent months.
The urine and faeces of more than 12.6 million Australians examined over a four month period also showed some parts of Victoria were consuming cocaine, "hillbilly heroin', fentanyl, ice and oxycodone at a higher rate compared with the national average.
The damning report card found in Victoria:
- Ice peaked at up to 69 hits per 1000 people per day, nearly double the national average of 35
- Cocaine use rose to a high of 11 hits per 1000 people per day, compared to a national average of five
- Rural Victorians rank amongst our nation's worst abusers of the highly addictive opiod painkiller oxycodone, also known as "hillybilly heroin"
- In parts there was above-average consumption of fentanyl, the synthetic opiate that last year killed music legend Prince
In June ACIC and Victorian Police revealed that amphetamine-type stimulants such as ice as MDMA accounted for the highest portion of their seizures in the state for the 2015–16 period.
It also noted a 9 per cent increase in the number of drug seizures.