Regional Victoria has recorded the highest consumption of MDMA and oxycodone according to new data from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring program.
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s seventh report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program has revealed Victoria has the highest average capital city consumption and second highest average regional consumption of heroin nationally.
Across 10 sites monitored in the state in December 2018 — two capital city sites and eight regional sites — wastewater data shows Victoria also has the second highest average capital city consumption of cocaine in the country.
The collection sites cover around 54 percent of Australia’s population — about 12.6 million Australians and examined wastewater at 50 treatment plants across the nation for 13 substances.
The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to August 2018, of the substances tested in December 2018 in Victoria, the average nicotine consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites, while average alcohol consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites and average cannabis consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites.
According to the report, average cocaine consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites while on average MDMA, MDA and heroin consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites.
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