Report shows rise of ice, but methamphetamine use falling

A NEW report to be released today shows the use, treatment and availability of the drug ice has increased over the past decade.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows the number of methamphetamine users opting for ice rather than other forms of the drug has increased from 26% in 2007 to 43% in 2013.

But the report found while ice use had increased, methamphetamine use in general had decreased.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare spokesman Geoff Neideck said law enforcement data had shown a rapid increase in production and supply of ice over recent years.

"In 2013, around 1.3 million people, or 7% of Australians, had used methamphetamine in their lifetime, and 2.1% had used them recently," he said.

"This is compared to in 2004, when recent users comprised 3.2% of Australians.

"The report shows, however, that recent methamphetamine users are now using more frequently, especially when ice is the main form used."


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