The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (the Program) commenced in August 2016 and provides leading-edge, coordinated national research and intelligence on illicit drugs and licit drugs that can be abused, with a specific focus on methylamphetamine and other high-risk substances.
Wastewater analysis is widely applied internationally as a tool to measure and interpret drug use within national populations. The Program gives us valuable insight into trends in drug consumption across Australia and can identify new sources of threat.
By analysing the findings of the Program, government, law enforcement, health, education and community organisations will be able to start a national conversation about drug trends and develop targeted policies.
In the 2019 Budget, the ACIC received an additional $4.8 million to fund the Program for a further 4 years. This will build the Program’s longitudinal data and deliver an additional twelve public reports until early 2024.
From Report 11, longitudinal data figures, by state and territory and drug type have been made available and updated with each report. These figures make it easier to view drug consumption for individual states and territories and can be downloaded from the report page.
Wastewater is already providing an important, timely and consistent guiding tool for developing holistic drug responses.
The ACIC will continue to realise the Program’s potential.