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Turns out Australians spent an insane quantity on medication final 12 months

Australians spent $9.three billion on medication in 2018 in line with a current report by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commissions on-going evaluation of wastewater remedy vegetation.

That quantity is simply shy of the $9.eight billion spent at cafes and thrice what Australians spend collectively on public transport yearly.

The report covers round 13 million folks or 56% of the Australian inhabitants and is in partnership with the University of Queensland and University of South Australia and located some attention-grabbing outcomes in line with The Age.

Of the $9.three billion spent and 13 totally different substances testing, together with alcohol, nicotine, oxycodone, heroin and MDMA (or ecstasy) from 58 wastewater remedy vegetation throughout Australia…

  • 80 per cent was spent on methyl-amphetamine/ICE
  • Sydney customers eat twice as a lot cocaine as Melbourne customers (1200mg vs 400mg per 1000)
  • Roughly four.1 tonnes of cocaine was consumed over the 12 months (improve of 34.6 per cent on the earlier 12 months)
  • Roughly 10 tonnes of methyl-amphetamine was bought and consumed
  • Roughly 1.1 tonne of MDMA was used was bought and consumed
  • 700 kilograms of heroin was bought and consumed
  • Tasmania had the very best ranges of Cannabis use
  • Consumption of methyl-amphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, nicotine and alcohol elevated
  • Alcohol and nicotine have been probably the most extremely consumed

Additionally, amidst the capsule testing debate after a handful of tragic deaths in Australia MDMA consumption is down in capital cities and regional areas compared to wastewater evaluation from August 2016 to August 2018.

ACIC chief government officer Michael Phelan stated “It is astounding that Australians waste over $9.three billion a 12 months on medication,” including “This is cash folks may very well be spending on reliable items for themselves and their households.”

Interestingly sufficient he’s missed stating that it’s estimated Australians spent $14.9 billion on alcohol throughout the identical time interval, a regulated, taxed and authorized form of drug.

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