It’s not just COVID showing up in our wastewater!

The national wastewater drug testing program shows that South Australians consume around 1 tonne of methylamphetamine a year.

An article on Perth’s 6PR has highlighted that it’s not just COVID-19 showing up in our wastewater.

According to the Western Australian radio station’s report, Australians spent an estimated $8.9 billion on illegal drugs in 2020. The information was gleaned from the latest round of drug testing of our wastewater, for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program.

The article quotes the ACIC’s Shane Neilson, who said the shocking figures rank Australia as the fourth highest in the world for drug consumption.

“In world terms, we rank fourth of roughly 40 countries, in terms of our consumption, and the lion’s share of that is methylamphetamine,” he said on 6PR.

The wastewater drug testing in WA has regularly shown that methylamphetamine is the major illcit drug of concern in Western Australia.

See the full 6PR article.


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By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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