Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Report reveals decline in meth consumption in Western Australia

    10/03/2020 6:00 AM
    • McGowan Government's $244 million Methamphetamine Action Plan providing stronger enforcement and expanded treatment options
    • National wastewater testing reveals meth use in WA down 25 per cent from December 2016

    New data from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission has revealed methamphetamine use in Western Australia continues to fall.


    The latest results of wastewater testing show meth consumption in Perth for August 2019 fell by 19 per cent compared to the previous testing period in April 2019.


    The report also reveals meth use in regional WA fell 10 per cent.


    It's the second consecutive reporting period in which WA has recorded a marked decrease in meth use, continuing the downward trend since the peak of December 2016.


    Meth consumption is down by about 25 per cent since the peak in December 2016.


    Of concern, the wastewater results indicated heroin consumption in both metropolitan Perth and regional WA increased during the period - a trend which was reflected nationally.


    The McGowan Government's comprehensive $244 million Methamphetamine Action Plan has given Police unprecedented resources to combat the supply of meth in our community, while providing significant investment in drug treatment facilities across the State.


    Since the election of the McGowan Government the WA Police Force and its partner agencies have intercepted 2,000 thousand kilograms of methamphetamine.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "These latest wastewater results are promising, but there are still too many people affected by this scourge.


    "It does indicate however, that the initiatives we have put in place are having a positive impact.


    "There is still much more to do, to drive down meth abuse in our community and our pursuit of this terrible scourge will be relentless.


    "We continue to attack this problem from both a law enforcement and a health and treatment issue, and we are getting results.


    "I want to commend the Police for their determination in disrupting lines of supply.


    "It only goes to show that if you give Police the resources - they can do the job and get results.


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