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National wastewater drug monitoring program: report 13, June 2021

Drug traffic Drug use Forensic sciences Australia

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has commissioned the University of Queensland, and through it the University of South Australia, to undertake the data collection and analysis that underpins the report.

Report 13 of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (the Program) covers around 56 per cent of the Australian population, which equates to about 13.1 million people. Fifty-seven wastewater treatment plants across Australia participated in the December 2020 collection, which monitored the consumption of 12 substances. In February 2021, when only capital city sites were sampled, there were 20 sites.

This is the first time the ACIC has included ketamine in the list of drugs monitored by the Program.

Additional data are again available, by state and territory and drug type, as a guide to trends over the period the respective drugs have been monitored by the Program.

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