Sydney is revealed as the cocaine capital of Australia – but ice remains the most commonly used drug in the country
- Sydney unveiled as the cocaine capital of Australia during national sewage tests
- Drug test from sewage treatment plants also found meth is the most commonly used drug in it Australia
- Adelaide also appeared to have the highest concentration of meth use
- Meanwhile, Queensland appeared to have the highest concentration of fentanyl use
Drug testing from a number of sewage treatment plants has shown that Sydney is the country's cocaine capital, but ice was still the most widely used drug at the national level.
Drug testing of 52 sewage treatment plants throughout Australia showed that cocaine use is higher in New South Wales than elsewhere, especially in Sydney.
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission discovered that cocaine use in Australia remained highest in NSW, with some parts of Queensland and Victoria also testing well.
Drug testing from a number of wastewater treatment plants in Australia has shown that Sydney is the cocaine capital of the country, while ice is still the most commonly used drug at national level (stock image)
& # 39; Australians have an insatiable demand for all kinds of narcotic drugs and synthetic drugs & # 39 ;, Commissioner Michael Phelan told reporters in Brisbane.
& # 39; That requirement has not improved. & # 39;
Results of sewage water tests conducted in February and April showed a decrease in fentanyl and oxycodone, but an increase in methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and MDMA.
The levels of nicotine and alcohol have remained relatively stable.
Testing has no way of detecting drug use per suburb and includes waste from private homes, prisons, hospitals, offices, hotels and shopping centers.
It also cannot distinguish between the prescribed or illegal use of opioids, or the intake of nicotine comes from tobacco, e-cigarettes, patches or chewing gum.
Drug testing of 52 sewage treatment plants in Australia showed that cocaine consumption is highest in Sydney and wider New South Wales than the rest of Australia (file photo)
Test results showed a decrease in fentanyl and oxycodone, but an increase in methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and MDMA
& # 39; It's not perfect science, but it's better than nothing, & # 39; Mr. Phelan added.
Phelan told the Brisbane Times that tons of ice are being used in the country.
& # 39; We know there has always been a demand for it, but what (the numbers) shows is actually how much is being demanded by the Australian community & # 39 ;, said Mr. Phelan.
& # 39; For example, if we look at the numbers, we can show that when it comes to ice, we have shown across the board that almost 10 tons are being used by the Australian community. & # 39;
ACIC said the tests represented half of the nation's population and the results will be used to inform government policies and decision-making, as well as police activities by providing the sites of tested sewage facilities.
The report comes just a week after the same test showed that Adelaide had the highest concentration of meth use in the country.
A more recent study of waste water in Queensland showed that the drug fentanyl was present in the water system in the country of Queensland, which would put the fear of Australia on an opioid crisis.
Meanwhile, the Northern Territory had the highest concentration of ice use in the capital and Victoria had the highest concentration of heroin in the capital.
Meanwhile, the Northern Territory had the highest concentration of ice use in the capital and Victoria had the highest concentration of heroin in the capital (stock image)
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