Huge cost as drugs plague worsens
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