Ice Epidemic Exposed: More Than Half of Sydney’s Criminals Use Methamphetamines


Up to half of offenders locked up are testing positive to methamphetamine use or admit they use the drug, police data has revealed.

As police are on the frontline of the ice epidemic, Australia’s largest and longest survey of police detainees across Australia has confirmed ice use is continuing to rise.

The report finds that 48 per cent of detainees reported using methamphetamine in the past year. Nearly one in five across Australia reported using methamphetamine in the 48 hours prior to their arrest.

In Sydney’s Kings Cross, 52 per cent of offenders arrested or locked up by police are methamphetamine users, according to voluntary urine tests.

The report also strongly suggests that cutting off the supply of ice would have a huge impact on curbing usage.

When the drugs are not so easily available, the majority of cannabis (80 per cent) and methamphetamine (78 per cent) users reported abstaining from using that drug.

“This is the highest recorded rate of amphetamine use in Drug Use Monitoring Australia’s history, with the previous peak being 35 per cent in both 2003 and 2004,’’ the report states. “Ice is far more potent, far more dangerous, and far more addictive than any other illegal drug. Ice is ruining lives, destroying families, and hurting communities,’’ Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.

“We cannot arrest our way out of this problem — ice is not solely an issue for law enforcement. The fight against the scourge is for everyone.”

Read more in The Australian.

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