NWDMP https://www.acic.gov.au/ en Wastewater results show South Australia among the highest methylamphetamine consumption https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-results-show-south-australia-among-highest-methylamphetamine-consumption <span>Wastewater results show South Australia among the highest methylamphetamine consumption</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>South Australia has reported the second highest average methylamphetamine consumption in capital city sites of all locations tested nationwide, following the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report today.</p> <p>Based on the wastewater findings, South Australia also reported average cocaine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites between April 2018 and August 2018.</p> <p>Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to drugs alone.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said wastewater data increases our understanding of drug consumption in Australia including drug use patterns across states, territories and the nation.</p> <p>“Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“On a national level, of the drugs measured by the program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances.</p> <p>“As the program continues to build long-term drug consumption data, fluctuations in consumption are evident. Understanding local drug consumption patterns assists law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies develop targeted supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.”</p> <p>In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56 per cent of Australia’s population—around 13 million people.</p> <p>There were nine sites monitored in South Australia in August 2018—four capital city sites and five regional sites.</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in South Australia:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption remained relatively stable in capital city sites and increased in regional sites.</li> <li>average alcohol consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption decreased in capital city and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> </ul> <p>As the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program concludes its second year, long-term data is now available to provide greater insight into drug consumption in Australia. Annual methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption estimates for the first two years of the program show the estimated weight of methylamphetamine and cocaine consumed annually has increased from the first year of the program, while the estimated weight of MDMA and heroin consumed annually has decreased.</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding for the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The University of Queensland and the University of South Australia have been commissioned to deliver the program and prepare the research findings.</p> <p>The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 23:00:28 +0000 Stephen 429 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater analysis shows highest methylamphetamine use in Western Australia https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-analysis-shows-highest-methylamphetamine-use-western-australia <span>Wastewater analysis shows highest methylamphetamine use in Western Australia</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>Western Australia continues to report the highest average methylamphetamine consumption in both capital city and regional sites of all locations tested nationwide, following the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report today.</p> <p>Based on the wastewater findings, between April 2018 and August 2018 Western Australia also reported the equal second highest regional MDA use nationwide.</p> <p>Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to drugs alone.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said wastewater data increases our understanding of drug consumption in Australia including drug use patterns across states, territories and the nation.</p> <p>“Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“On a national level, of the drugs measured by the program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances.</p> <p>“As the program continues to build long-term drug consumption data, fluctuations in consumption are evident. Understanding local drug consumption patterns assists law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies develop targeted supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.”</p> <p>In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56 per cent of Australia’s population—around 13 million people.</p> <p>There were six sites monitored in Western Australia in August 2018—three capital city sites and three regional sites.</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in Western Australia:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average alcohol consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption increased in capital city sites and remained relatively stable in regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> </ul> <p>As the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program concludes its second year, long-term data is now available to provide greater insight into drug consumption in Australia. Annual methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption estimates for the first two years of the program show the estimated weight of methylamphetamine and cocaine consumed annually has increased from the first year of the program, while the estimated weight of MDMA and heroin consumed annually has decreased.</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding for the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The University of Queensland and the University of South Australia have been commissioned to deliver the program and prepare the research findings.</p> <p>The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:59:16 +0000 Stephen 428 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater results shows highest regional cannabis use in the Northern Territory https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-results-shows-highest-regional-cannabis-use-northern-territory <span>Wastewater results shows highest regional cannabis use in the Northern Territory</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>The Northern Territory has reported the highest average cannabis consumption in regional sites of all locations tested nationwide, following the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report today.</p> <p>Based on the wastewater findings for August 2018, the Northern Territory also reported the highest MDMA consumption in capital city sites, and the highest nicotine and alcohol consumption in both capital city and regional sites.</p> <p>Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to drugs alone.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said wastewater data increases our understanding of drug consumption in Australia including drug use patterns across states, territories and the nation.</p> <p>“Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“On a national level, of the drugs measured by the program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances.</p> <p>“As the program continues to build long-term drug consumption data, fluctuations in consumption are evident. Understanding local drug consumption patterns assists law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies develop targeted supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.”</p> <p>In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56 per cent of Australia’s population—around 13 million people.</p> <p>There were two sites monitored in the Northern Territory in August 2018—one capital city site and one regional site.</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in the Northern Territory:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average alcohol consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption increased in both capital city sites and regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption increased in capital city and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption remained relatively stable in both capital city and regional sites</li> </ul> <p>As the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program concludes its second year, long-term data is now available to provide greater insight into drug consumption in Australia. Annual methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption estimates for the first two years of the program show the estimated weight of methylamphetamine and cocaine consumed annually has increased from the first year of the program, while the estimated weight of MDMA and heroin consumed annually has decreased.</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding for the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The University of Queensland and the University of South Australia have been commissioned to deliver the program and prepare the research findings.</p> <p>The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:57:07 +0000 Stephen 427 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater results show regional cocaine use in Queensland among the highest in the nation https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-results-show-regional-cocaine-use-queensland-among-highest-nation <span>Wastewater results show regional cocaine use in Queensland among the highest in the nation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:55</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>Queensland has reported the second highest average cocaine consumption in regional sites of all locations tested nationwide, following the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report today.</p> <p>Based on the wastewater findings, Queensland’s average methylamphetamine consumption has increased in both capital city and regional sites between April 2018 and August 2018.</p> <p>Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to drugs alone.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said wastewater data increases our understanding of drug consumption in Australia including drug use patterns across states, territories and the nation.</p> <p>“Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“On a national level, of the drugs measured by the program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances.</p> <p>“As the program continues to build long-term drug consumption data, fluctuations in consumption are evident. Understanding local drug consumption patterns assists law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies develop targeted supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.”</p> <p>In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56 per cent of Australia’s population—around 13 million people.</p> <p>There were twelve sites monitored in Queensland in August 2018—three capital city sites and nine regional sites.</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in Queensland:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average alcohol consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> </ul> <p>As the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program concludes its second year, long-term data is now available to provide greater insight into drug consumption in Australia. Annual methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption estimates for the first two years of the program show the estimated weight of methylamphetamine and cocaine consumed annually has increased from the first year of the program, while the estimated weight of MDMA and heroin consumed annually has decreased.</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding for the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The University of Queensland and the University of South Australia have been commissioned to deliver the program and prepare the research findings.</p> <p>The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:55:30 +0000 Stephen 426 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater analysis shows highest capital city cannabis use in Tasmania https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-analysis-shows-highest-capital-city-cannabis-use-tasmania <span>Wastewater analysis shows highest capital city cannabis use in Tasmania</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:54</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>Tasmania reported the highest average cannabis consumption in capital city sites and the second highest cannabis consumption in regional sites of all locations tested nationwide, following the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report today.</p> <p>Based on the wastewater findings for August 2018, Tasmania also reported the highest MDA, oxycodone and fentanyl consumption in both capital city and regional sites nationwide.</p> <p>Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to drugs alone.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said wastewater data increases our understanding of drug consumption in Australia including drug use patterns across states, territories and the nation.</p> <p>“Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“On a national level, of the drugs measured by the program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances.</p> <p>“As the program continues to build long-term drug consumption data, fluctuations in consumption are evident. Understanding local drug consumption patterns assists law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies develop targeted supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.”</p> <p>In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56 per cent of Australia’s population—around 13 million people.</p> <p>There were five sites monitored in Tasmania in August 2018—three capital city sites and two regional sites.</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in Tasmania:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average alcohol consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption decreased in capital city and remained relatively stable in regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption increased in capital city and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption decreased in capital city sites  and increased in regional sites</li> </ul> <p>As the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program concludes its second year, long-term data is now available to provide greater insight into drug consumption in Australia. Annual methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption estimates for the first two years of the program show the estimated weight of methylamphetamine and cocaine consumed annually has increased from the first year of the program, while the estimated weight of MDMA and heroin consumed annually has decreased.</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding for the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The University of Queensland and the University of South Australia have been commissioned to deliver the program and prepare the research findings.</p> <p>The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:54:24 +0000 Stephen 425 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater results show ACT opioid consumption is among the highest in the nation https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-results-show-act-opioid-consumption-among-highest-nation <span>Wastewater results show ACT opioid consumption is among the highest in the nation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>Opioid consumption in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is among the highest in the nation following the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report today.</p> <p>Based on the Wastewater findings for August 2018, the ACT returned the second highest average capital city consumption of heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone.</p> <p>Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to drugs alone.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said wastewater data increases our understanding of drug consumption in Australia including drug use patterns across states, territories and the nation.</p> <p>“Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“On a national level, of the drugs measured by the program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances.</p> <p>“As the program continues to build long-term drug consumption data, fluctuations in consumption are evident. Understanding local drug consumption patterns assists law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies develop targeted supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.”</p> <p>In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56 per cent of Australia’s population—around 13 million people.</p> <p>There was one site monitored in the ACT in August 2018.</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in the ACT:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption decreased</li> <li>average alcohol consumption increased</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption decreased</li> <li>average cocaine consumption decreased</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased</li> <li>average MDA consumption decreased</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption increased</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption increased</li> <li>average heroin consumption decreased</li> </ul> <p>As the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program concludes its second year, long-term data is now available to provide greater insight into drug consumption in Australia. Annual methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption estimates for the first two years of the program show the estimated weight of methylamphetamine and cocaine consumed annually has increased from the first year of the program, while the estimated weight of MDMA and heroin consumed annually has decreased.</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding for the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The University of Queensland and the University of South Australia have been commissioned to deliver the program and prepare the research findings.</p> <p>The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:53:20 +0000 Stephen 424 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater results show highest cocaine use in NSW https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-results-show-highest-cocaine-use-nsw <span>Wastewater results show highest cocaine use in NSW</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:51</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>New South Wales continues to report the highest average cocaine consumption in both capital city and regional sites of all locations tested nationwide, following the release of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report today.</p> <p>Based on the wastewater findings for August 2018, New South Wales also reported the highest regional MDMA and heroin consumption in Australia.</p> <p>Using data from the program, more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is estimated to be consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin. At street prices, the estimated value of this quantity of drugs for the four drugs is in the region $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to drugs alone.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said wastewater data increases our understanding of drug consumption in Australia including drug use patterns across states, territories and the nation.</p> <p>“Cannabis consumption has been included for the first time, showing regional average cannabis consumption exceeded capital city average consumption in August 2018. Its inclusion in the program provides further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“On a national level, of the drugs measured by the program with available dose data, alcohol and nicotine remain the highest-consumed substances.</p> <p>“As the program continues to build long term drug consumption data, fluctuations in consumption are evident. Understanding local drug consumption patterns assists law enforcement, policy, regulatory and health agencies develop targeted supply, demand and harm reduction strategies.”</p> <p>In August 2018, the program monitored 13 licit and illicit substances at 58 wastewater sites nationally, covering 56 per cent of Australia’s population—around 13 million people.</p> <p>There were twelve sites monitored in New South Wales in August 2018—five capital city sites and seven regional sites.</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to April 2018, of the substances tested in August 2018 in New South Wales:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average alcohol consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption increased in both capital city sites and regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption increased in capital city and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> </ul> <p>As the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program concludes its second year, long term data is now available to provide greater insight into drug consumption in Australia. Annual methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA and heroin consumption estimates for the first two years of the program show the estimated weight of methylamphetamine and cocaine consumed annually has increased from the first year of the program, while the estimated weight of MDMA and heroin consumed annually has decreased.</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding for the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. The University of Queensland and the University of South Australia have been commissioned to deliver the program and prepare the research findings.</p> <p>The full report is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>ENDS</p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/illicit-drugs" hreflang="en">Illicit drugs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:51:00 +0000 Stephen 422 at https://www.acic.gov.au Sixth wastewater report reveals Australians spend over $9.3 billion a year on drugs https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/sixth-wastewater-report-reveals-australians-spend-over-93-billion-year-drugs <span>Sixth wastewater report reveals Australians spend over $9.3 billion a year on drugs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:50</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">20 February 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission today released the sixth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program providing longer-term insights into drug consumption as the program concludes its second year.</p> <p>Using wastewater data between August 2017 to August 2018, it is estimated that more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of cocaine, 1.1 tonnes of MDMA, and more than 700 kilograms of heroin.</p> <p>The street price of this quantity of these four drugs is valued at around $9.3 billion, underlining the size of the black economy that relates to illicit drugs alone. This estimated consumption reflects an increase in methylamphetamine and cocaine and a decrease in MDMA and heroin from year one to two of the program.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Michael Phelan said analysis of wastewater data offers opportunities to address emerging problems, identify previously unknown drug threats and consumption patterns as well as the effectiveness of demand and harm reduction initiatives.</p> <p>“It is astounding that Australians waste over $9.3 billion a year on drugs. This is money people could be spending on legitimate goods for themselves and their families,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>When comparing data from August 2016 to August 2018, the population-weighted average consumption of methylamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, nicotine and alcohol in both capital city and regional sites increased, while consumption of MDMA and oxycodone in both capital city and regional sites decreased.</p> <p>“This report reflects two years of data for most of the drugs monitored by the program and highlights the benefits and valuable insights that longitudinal data can provide,” he said.</p> <p>“This includes the ready comparison of data across various reporting periods to assist to identify changes in drug consumption, both in the short and long term.”</p> <p>The report covers 56 per cent of the population, which equates to about 13 million people, with 58 wastewater treatment plants across Australia participating in the collection of the wastewater samples, covering 13 substances.</p> <p>For this report, wastewater samples were collected during the weeks of June and August 2018. To maintain treatment plant confidentiality, each site was allocated a unique code and site names are not included.</p> <p>The sixth National Wastewater Drug Monitoring program report reflects a further evolution of the program and for the first time reports nationally on cannabis consumption.</p> <p>Its inclusion in the program illustrates the variation in consumption that exists both within and between the states and territories, providing further insight into one of the largest illicit drug markets in Australia.</p> <p>“Cannabis is one of the most used illicit drugs, both domestically and internationally, and its inclusion in the program provides valuable insights,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“In August 2018, there was apparent variation in consumption between the states and territories, with regional average cannabis consumption more than double capital city average consumption.”</p> <p>The program also continues to evolve as wastewater data are increasingly being integrated with data from other government, private sector and academic sources to develop a more granular picture of drug markets and also activity in other areas of the Australian community.</p> <p>“It is pleasing to see that wastewater data are now being embraced by an increasing number of external sectors and partners to inform their analysis of problems and their decision-making,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“I would like to thank the Australian Government for contributing the funding which made this initiative possible and to acknowledge the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission officers who contributed to the project.</p> <p>“I also acknowledge the valuable support and specialist expertise of the University of Queensland and the University of South Australia, who undertook the data collection and analysis which underpins this report.”</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission received $3.6 million over three years from Proceeds of Crime funding to deliver the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program. A total of nine public reports will be released over the three-year period, with three reports released per annum.</p> <p>The report is available from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <p>Notes to editors</p> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:50:02 +0000 Stephen 421 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater results show high levels of MDMA, oxycodone, fentanyl and cannabis consumption in Tasmania https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-results-show-high-levels-mdma-oxycodone-fentanyl-and-cannabis-consumption-tasmania <span>Wastewater results show high levels of MDMA, oxycodone, fentanyl and cannabis consumption in Tasmania</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:48</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-06-17T12:00:00Z">17 June 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission today released the seventh report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, revealing that Tasmania has the highest average capital city consumption of MDMA, oxycodone, fentanyl and cannabis nationally.</p> <p>Across the five site monitored in the state in December 2018—three capital city sites and two regional sites—wastewater data also shows Tasmania has the second highest average capital city and regional consumption of nicotine, the second highest average capital city consumption of alcohol and the second highest average regional consumption of cannabis in the country.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program gives valuable insight into the trends and emerging issues of drug consumption across Australia and can identify new sources of threat.</p> <p>“The Australian community continues to consume illicit drugs at concerning levels and the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program is providing an important, unified and consistent guiding tool for developing holistic drug responses,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“We are only now starting to realise the full benefits of the ongoing program.”</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to August 2018, of the substances tested in December 2018 in Tasmania:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average alcohol consumption decreased in both capital city sites and regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption remained relatively stable in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption increased in capital city and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cannabis consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> </ul> <p>In 2019, the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program received an additional $4.8 million to fund a further four years of the program. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission will continue to develop its potential over the coming years and deliver three reports per annum.</p> <p>The report is available from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <h3>Note to editors</h3> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:48:57 +0000 Stephen 420 at https://www.acic.gov.au Wastewater results show high levels of MDMA and oxycodone consumption in Victoria https://www.acic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases-and-statements/wastewater-results-show-high-levels-mdma-and-oxycodone-consumption-victoria <span>Wastewater results show high levels of MDMA and oxycodone consumption in Victoria</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/2" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Stephen</span></span> <span>Tue, 2020-08-11 08:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-release-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-06-17T12:00:00Z">17 June 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission</p> <p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission today released the seventh report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, revealing Victoria has the highest average capital city consumption and second highest average regional consumption of heroin nationally, and the highest average regional consumption of MDMA and oxycodone.</p> <p>Across the ten 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.</p> <p>Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Chief Executive Officer, Mr Michael Phelan APM said the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program gives valuable insight into the trends and emerging issues of drug consumption across Australia and can identify new sources of threat.</p> <p>“The Australian community continues to consume illicit drugs at concerning levels and the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program is providing an important, unified and consistent guiding tool for developing holistic drug responses,” Mr Phelan said.</p> <p>“We are only now starting to realise the full benefits of the ongoing program.”</p> <p>The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program found that, compared to August 2018, of the substances tested in December 2018 in Victoria:</p> <ul> <li>average nicotine consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average alcohol consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average methylamphetamine consumption increased in capital city sites and decreased in regional sites</li> <li>average cocaine consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDMA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average MDA consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average oxycodone consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average fentanyl consumption decreased in capital city sites and increased in regional sites</li> <li>average heroin consumption increased in both capital city and regional sites</li> <li>average cannabis consumption decreased in both capital city and regional sites.</li> </ul> <p>In 2019, the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program received an additional $4.8 million to fund a further four years of the program. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission will continue to develop its potential over the coming years and deliver three reports per annum.</p> <p>The report is available from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website: <a href="http://www.acic.gov.au/">www.acic.gov.au</a></p> <h3>Note to editors</h3> <p>In accordance with current wastewater analysis conventions, the terms of the contract, and to protect the integrity of the program, the exact locations are not able to be publicly released by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. To maintain the confidentiality of the participating site, each site was allocated a unique code to de-identify their results, however trends in particular states and territories are still able to be identified.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/wastewater-analysis" hreflang="en">Wastewater analysis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/subject/nwdmp" hreflang="en">NWDMP</a></div> </div> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:47:27 +0000 Stephen 419 at https://www.acic.gov.au