Methamphetamine use rises in Adelaide

Posted on January 25, 2017 12:10 am

University of South Australia analysis of the city’s sewage has revealed that methamphetamine or “Ice” use in Adelaide, South Australia spiked to 25 per cent in 2016 and has tripled over the past five years. Data analysed by the University of South Australia revealed across metropolitan Adelaide there were over 450 doses of methamphetamine each week per 1,000 people in December 2016, up from over 150 doses a week five years ago. Scientists calculated each dose as 30 milligrams. According to researchers, the testing could not determine which regions of metropolitan Adelaide the drug consumption was happening or the features of the users.Also stimulants found during wastewater testing included 13 doses of cocaine each week per 1,000 people and more than two doses of ecstasy and heroin each week per 1,000 people during December. However, cocaine use peaked on Sundays while Methamphetamine consumption increased slightly during weekends, the data showed.According to the data, wastewater analysis offers evidence of consumption rates each dose measured as 30 milligrams of pure meth but does not provide the number of users. The surge comes as no surprise to police with latest figures showing a 24 per cent rise in drug fines and the number of people directed to drug diversion programs increasing by almost 30 per cent in 2016.Ice use also peaked in December 2016, with 502 doses detected last month compared to 379 doses in December 2015.While cocaine use is also up, 8.1 doses were recorded last year compared to 6.7 doses in 2015 and ecstasy has fallen from 2.9 to 2.3 doses detected in the same period.The significant and growing use of ice which can cause violent rages and major health problems has prompted urgent responses by state and federal governments, police forces and health authorities across the Australia.According to officials, the relatively cheap price and availability of ice was contributing to its increasing popularity. Ice is reasonably addictive too in their views. Experts warn that people can develop depression, irritability, relationship problems and a significant number of people develop psychosis when using meth. As more people use ice, the number of those seeking medical help is increasing but people are pessimistic about treatment but if they engage it they can do recover well.

University of South Australia researchers said that testing data, was important in developing clinical practice guidelines to address current and emerging drug issues and showed many people were continuing to risk their health by using illicit drugs such as methamphetamine.Researcher added that drug problems affect many people in community and it is vital officials develops a co-ordinated responses across government agencies to ensure effective prevention, early intervention, laws enforcement and treatment responses.It is clear that federal and state officials must make tackling the scourge of methamphetamine abuse a priority if the problem is to be overcome. Am one of those who believe death penalty for dealers and mandatory jail and treatment for users is the right answer. No doubt Ice users are both victims and often perpetrators of crime. I know of cases in Melbourne where a family friend had her house broken by ice users and it is common for them to break into houses, vandalise vehicles to fund their addiction. In one case am familiar with involving family friends in Melbourne, their ice addicted daughter started off as relatively normal girl who made an extremely poor decision to try Methamphetamine while at The University of Newcastle. From what the mother told me last time we spoke, “Ice” is extremely addictive, making it the perfect illegal product to deal in if you are a self scented, unscrupulous half-breed. In my view, targeting the users and even low level dealers will make no real impact into solving this issue that is wasting millions of people in Australia from Melbourne to Adelaide. There’s urgent need for large dealers of “Ice” and other drugs need to be identified, targeted and dealt with in the same manner murderers are handled because they are simply killing people. The mind boggling crime rates attributed to “Ice” in Melbourne are unimaginable. I have read extensively on some of the people who peddle “Ice” around and there is a relatively well known international criminal gangs that have entrenched themselves in Australia, Africa and the USA who control the majority of the drug trade around the world. The National Geographic, Drugs Inc, has been doing fantastic documentaries on them since 2010 but because it was on pay Tv, it doesn’t get any momentum. It’s actually really eye opening to watch.If Australia and other parts of the world are serious about fixing “Ice” and other drugs that’s where they’ve got to start, otherwise it’s only a matter of time before someone you love will be an addict, ruining their lives and everyone who cares about them just like HIV AIDS did with population before the advent of ARVs.

Contador Harrison