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.
According to the most recent data, gathered in April and June this year, consumption of methamphetamine, also known as ice, has risen across the country, while consumption of other substances has declined.
Full report “National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program – Report 17”. https://www.acic.gov.au/publications/national-wastewater-drug-monitoring-program-reports/report-17-national-wastewater-drug-monitoring-program
What the most recent data shows
Methamphetamine consumption increased in both capital city and regional areas in April 2022.
Since the beginning of the year, use of meth has increased substantially in many parts of the country, particularly in New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia.
Rolling averages show that regional use tends to be higher than in the capital cities.
Specifically, regional South Australia ranks highest in the country when it comes to the consumption of meth.
Adelaide has the second highest average capital city consumption, behind Melbourne.
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 on 1300 230 231 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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