Australia Adelaide named 'ice' capital

14:32  05 april  2018
14:32  05 april  2018 Source:   9News.com.au

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Ice is the most prevalent illicit drug used in the country, according to tests run on the sewage of more than 14 million Australians, with Adelaide levels found to be nearly three times the national average.

South Australia has been declared the country's ice capital . Across the nine sites monitored through August, which included a mix of regional and capital cities, Adelaide had the highest capital city consumption of ice .

About one in ten people in Adelaide took one dose of methylamphetamine, commonly known as 'ice', each day last October, latest figures have shown. 

A report released today by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission revealed the illicit drug is being detected more in wastewater treatment plants in Adelaide than any other capital city. 

Use of the drug in regional South Australia doubled between August and December - sign of a deepening crisis in communities like Murray Bridge that was unveiled by 9NEWS. 

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The tests were conducted at nine South Australian wastewater treatment plants during December 2017.

Nationwide, 45 treatment plants were monitored.

While Adelaide had the highest ice detection rates, the drug continues to be the most commonly used illicit drug in the country.

Based on the wastewater testing results, it is estimated the annual consumption of ice in Australia is almost 8.5 tonnes.

“Ice is cheaper and easier to obtain, easier to produce and it has a devastating impact on individuals and communities because it can cause violent behaviour and it obviously is a factor that leads to other crimes being committed," South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said today. 

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South Australia has been declared the country's ice capital . Across the nine sites monitored through August, which included a mix of regional and capital cities, Adelaide had the highest capital city consumption of ice .

An analysis of South Australia's sewage has confirmed the state's unenviable title of being the nation's biggest user of the drug ice . Analysis of the sewage of 14 million Australians across the country found methylamphetamine use was highest in South Australia

One woman told of being "chased down with a chainsaw" by her drug-dealing neighbours in the regional South Australian community, while another business owner claimed she lived in "constant fear" while operating next to a notorious drug house. 

The commissioner today said while police continue to seize large amounts of ice and manufacturing equipment, the demand for it across the state remains strong.

“We do what we can to reduce the supply and to make it harder for people to access drugs in the community, but there is an issue of demand, where the fact that people see this as something they’re prepared to engage in," he said. 

“We have particular enforcement activities, we have specialist drug investigators who work in this area, plus local detectives and patrols focusing on illicit drug activity.” 

In a recent drug-driving blitz in South Australia, ten percent of motorists tested returned positive results for illicit drugs.

It is estimated in 2016-17, Australian Federal Police seized 40 percent of the ice needed to meet national demand.

Organised crime gangs are believed to be responsible for the majority of the importation and manufacturing of ice.

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