Cocaine Use Hits Seven Year High In Queensland

New reports from the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program revealed that an estimated 705kg of cocaine were consumed in Queensland last year.

The results come from wastewater testing of around 57 per cent of Australia’s population, or around 14 million people.

It’s also estimate almost two thousand kilograms of methamphetamine was consumed annually, and heroin use has been increasing in Brisbane.

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission CEO Heather Cook said they’re trying to comprehensive view of Australia’s drug market and serious and organised crime groups (SOC).

RELATED:   Ex-Cop Relives RSL Dust Up Between Bra Boys And Off-Duty Police

“SOC groups are highly capable, well-resourced, resilient and increasingly transnational,” Cook said.

“Our wastewater analysis is used in conjunction with seizure, arrest, price, health and availability data which reveals drug market resilience and points of vulnerability,” she said.

Subscribe to The Briefing, Australia’s fastest-growing news podcast on LiSTNR today. The Briefing serves up the latest news and deep dives on topics affecting you, all in under 20 minutes.