Huge cost as drugs plague worsens

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - KEITH MOOR

USE of il­le­gal drugs, es­pe­cially ice, costs Aus­tralia about $4.4 bil­lion a year in health care, crime and eco­nomic losses.

An Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Crim­i­nol­ogy re­port, re­leased to­day, shows use of crys­tal metham­phetamine by Aus­tralians in­creased 23 per cent be­tween 2007 and 2013. The re­port also re­vealed:

Am­bu­lance at­ten­dance for in­ci­dents re­lated to ice use in­creased by 88 per cent in metropoli­tan Mel­bourne and by al­most 200 per cent in re­gional Vic­to­ria be­tween 2011-12 and 2012-13.

One-third of po­lice de­tainees sur­veyed ad­mit­ted they had com­mit­ted the crimes for which they were ar­rested be­cause of ice use.

Ice users have more fre­quent and extensive stays in

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