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December 21, 2017

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission released the third report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program last week revealing that Victoria reported some of the highest heroin and oxycodone consumption levels nationally.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission released the third report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program last week revealing that Victoria reported some of the highest heroin and oxycodone consumption levels nationally.

Across the eight sites monitored in the state in August 2017 — two capital city sites and six regional sites — findings show Victoria had the highest heroin consumption levels in both capital city and regional sites nationally, with the state also reporting the highest regional oxycodone consumption levels nationally.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan launched the report, alongside Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission chief executive Michael Phelan.

‘‘Methylamphetamine was the highest consumed illicit drug of those tested across all regions of Australia, while alcohol and nicotine were consistently the highest consumed substances tested in all states and territories,’’ Mr Phelan said.

‘‘The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report findings present a picture of substance use across the country and reinforce the message that Australia needs a multi-faceted approach to combating the illicit drug trade — it cannot be addressed by law enforcement alone.’’

The third report of the program found that of the substances tested:

■Nicotine and alcohol remain the highest consumed substances across all states and territories.

■Average methylamphetamine consumption in both capital city and regional sites in Victoria increased in August 2017.

■Average cocaine consumption in capital city sites in Victoria decreased, with consumption in regional sites increasing in August 2017.

■Average MDMA consumption in Victoria remained relatively stable in capital city sites, while decreased consumption was reported in regional sites in August 2017.

■Average MDA consumption in regional sites in Victoria exceeded that reported in capital city sites in August 2017.

■Average oxycodone consumption in capital city sites in Victoria decreased, while consumption in regional sites increased in August 2017.

■Victoria reported the highest regional average consumption of oxycodone nationally in August 2017.

■Average fentanyl consumption in Victoria increased in both capital city and regional sites in August 2017.

■In August 2017, Victoria reported the highest levels of heroin consumption nationwide.

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