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  •  Data shows amphetamine use, including methamphetamine, is rising nationally
  • Hotspots include Sydney’s Kings Cross party district
  • Data is based on detainee surveys in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane


Amphetamine usage has skyrocketed in Australia’s capital cities and a large percentage of people arrested over the last five years have consumed the drug, a new report has revealed.


And Sydney’s notorious party district Kings Cross is the biggest hotspot with 61 per cent of people detained in the area testing positive for amphetamines, according to data collected since 2009.

In East Perth, 43 per cent tested positive, while in Brisbane it was 41 per cent – and most people surveyed admitted the drug was readily available.

The information comes from the Australian Institute of Criminology’s drug use monitoring in Australia program and supports the Australian Crime Commission’s findings in its latest annual illicit drug data report.

Completing bi-yearly surveys of detainees at selected police lock-ups in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, the institute has run the drug use monitoring in Australia since 1999.

In the surveys, detainees are asked about drug use and to provide a urine sample to determine if and what drugs they consumed.

Australian Crime Commission research manager Matthew Willis said the research showed a steady increase in amphetamine use since 2009.

Research shows a steady increase in amphetamine use in Australia since 2009

‘Given that amphetamine use, in particular methamphetamine use, has been associated with an increased risk of violence and aggression, a rise in use among the Australian detainee population is of concern,’ he said in a blog on the commission website.

The research was completed in the first quarter of this year and showed the lowest rates of amphetamine use among detainees were in Adelaide, with 23 per cent having consumed it, while 26 per cent consumed it in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

Nationally, 46 per cent of property offenders and 47 per cent of drug offenders tested positive for amphetamines.

Twenty-eight per cent of violent offenders tested positive to amphetamines, as did 20 per cent of driving offenders.

Asked to rate the difficulty of getting the drugs, no one had any problem. On a scale of one, being hard to obtain and 10, being abundant, detainees rate amphetamine availability at eight.

They also rated the quality at seven.






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