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Australia – We have a Problem

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program is an initiative of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). The program analyses wastewater to understand drug consumption across the country. The most recent data, summarised in the “National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program – Tenth report” tells us that Methamphetamine (Ice, Crystal Meth) is a problem. https://www.acic.gov.au/publications/reports/national-wastewater-drug-monitoring-program-tenth-report

Here’s what we know:

· Methamphetamine remains the highest consumed illicit drug across Australia

· Consumption is increasing in many states

· Use of methamphetamine is consistently high for both capital cities and regional centres

· In fact, regional use is higher than city use in many states

· Stimulant consumption in Australia continues to be primarily driven by methamphetamine use

· Of the 30 countries with comparable stimulant data, Australia ranks third for methamphetamine and MDMA


What does that mean in the workplace?

High levels of methamphetamine usage in the general community mean a higher chance of meth finding its way into your workplace compared to other illicit drugs. This is a concern, not only because meth is very addictive, but it is also highly impairing with serious safety implications. Moreover, the period of impairment for this drug is longer than many other illicit drugs so workers may still be significantly impaired even after weekend use.

When looking at regional Australia, workers in those areas may face additional risks arising from issues such as longer commute times to/from work, increased chance of working alone or with limited supervision. These risks become even more significant for a worker impaired by methamphetamine use.


To help mitigate the risk of meth in your workplace, we suggest you start with a robust drug and alcohol policy and be sure to include illicit drugs, such as meth, in your drug and alcohol testing regime. DASA is ready to assist employers meet their duty of care when it comes to drugs and alcohol in the workplace. To find out more contact us at 02 8001 2535 or via info@dasa.net.au

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