Ice crime rise in Vic­to­ria

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NATION -

ICE use and pos­ses­sion has surged 2000 per cent in Vic­to­ria in the past 10 years, a new re­port shows.

The drug has sur­passed cannabis as the most com­mon sub­stance in­volved in mi­nor drug of­fences, with proven use and pos­ses­sion charges jump­ing from 263 in 2007-08 to 5712 in 2016-17, the Sen­tenc­ing Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil re­vealed. In the past year, a third of the 19,937 sen­tences for mi­nor drug of­fences were re­lated to ice.

Of­fences re­lated to the mis­use of pre­scrip­tion drugs also surged nearly 300 per cent in the 10 years.

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