WA meth use falls

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Grant Tay­lor

The num­ber of West Aus­tralians us­ing metham­phetamines has plunged since 2013, a sur­vey of the na­tion’s drug-tak­ing habits has re­vealed.

The Na­tional Drug Strat­egy House­hold Sur­vey showed 2.7 per cent of re­spon­dents ad­mit­ted us­ing the drug last year, down from 3.7 per cent when the last sur­vey was con­ducted in 2013.

But de­spite the fall, WA re­mained Aus­tralia’s meth cap­i­tal, with us­age con­tin­u­ing to run at al­most dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age of 1.4 per cent.

The sur­vey also re­vealed WA was now the na­tion’s ec­stasy cap­i­tal af­ter 3.2 per cent of peo­ple ad­mit­ted they had used the drug last year.

Drug use in WA re­mained sta­ble, with 16.8 per cent of peo­ple ad­mit­ting us­ing some form of drug (le­gal or il­le­gal) last year, down only slightly from 17 per cent in 2013.

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